the great battle of urban(i)city

you? stand with your back to the
invisible life camera
horse rider staring down at their
saddle in hand
held up by knee
while standing
in a field
before the open barn
with a horse tail
off to the left out of focus


you’re? naked

standing by the pool

and worried over your shadow

the great battle begins
urban lifestyle vs the fence-less
each personality lost in a desert
standing outside
contemplating who has
the greater
comfort vs the greater

you or her
or she

and the wind blows
quietly across
field, with no
grain to bend gently
in distraction


the wind blows
quietly across
the concrete pond
no water to ripple

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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