they’ve done it longer so shut up and learn

Shut the
and write


and in between it all


keep your
head down

keep your stick on the ice

stay hungry

write more

keep your mouth shut still

write more

read 10 x more

travel more

go to church go
to churches

listen to the radio

read the newspaper

shut that pie hole

listen to conversations

be a people watcher

read between the lines

ask questions ask
more questions
shut your mouth again

when you form an opinion
think up another one

when you voice
back it up with your own thoughts

then shut up

read some more

and write until the muscles are tired
but feel right
until your face needs a good
shave, until your
legs, need a good shave


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, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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