From the monkey parrot to the RAVEN LOON

I am
not a
gimmick
writing poems
or
pomes
in a store front
window
a passerby
of
my own reflection
as people
look in at me
promoting
myself
like
a monkey
or pet store
parrot
while believing the
critics
as they
compare
me
the grumpy man
old
to past
laureates
dead
and
gone
themselves
whom
i
never
met
but still
in
words
adore

they were them
and i
am me

i
am
a
redwing black bird
swimming
the skies
dive
bombing
the cat tails
in
marshland
flying
past
the loons
knowing their
insanity
i
am
the generation
lost
to technology
where rock stardom
and
money without
a pay cheque
does not
exist
i
am lost
on part time work
needing
4 jobs
and taking on
none
i am the
house manager
while
wife takes
on the
40hr
week
and i
write to
her
and to the electronic
age
my own
livingroom
window
my
basement
floodlights
while people outside
walk the
sidewalks
not knowing i am
alive down here
writing to
them
to
myself
dive bombing
my
own sanity
and
needing nothing
else
but the
cat
tails
and marshlands

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About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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