Algonquin Privacy

i stand in the water
less than waist deep
a tree will grow from
sheer silence

at shoreline is my tent
garments drying,fire cracking,
coffee brewing.
the rocks are full circle in the sand
my spirit orange –
and in the water, I pray for a white flame

i come up from under the water
what is up from under?
a cleansing between plant life
with my ears under
chest up and breathing
oxygen –


is what i come for,
and see the fire is still burning
the clothes are still drying
and the coffee,
the coffee smells delightful

understanding the evening at sun set

where oxygen and air are the same temperature,
my chest cavity is at peace
inside-behind my ribcage, where cartilage and heart do not intercede
there, it is peaceful as well


i walk now,
the water line drops on the body
the sand is wet between the toes
and the fire grows warmer,
the coffee smells ready
and my garments –
they dry the skin…..


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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