maestro in the painted glance

let us do the transition dance
fingers at back of neck
raising the tiny hairs
joining the remaining scalp
and listen at the ears

from a squatting position
the muscles that
stretch the canvas
and twist in the fire
toes lifting-holding
and palms to heel
in soft leather form
resting a haunch position
prepared to spring in readiness

to the beat

the black space
of the nothing view
the transition before morning
staring and twisting to the sound
of the sun rising in the distance
circling the world
and coming back to the body
to the point of creation


still raised at nape
elbows rolling to the quiet sound
a distant drum in the darkness
two hearts rising from the toes
off the heel and palms
flat to the ground
standing on the moment
while the fire dies down


in the paint of skin colour
choosing our pigmentation
joining our accents
and telling our noses, our
foreheads and chins
where we must travel
in silent tango and retrace our
steps of origin

race the sun in rhythm
the transition
where our bodies move
and the nothing matters

hair still staying in tingle to the nape
ready for the beat
moving from a one-three-four-line
sheet, maestro tapping the
stand, and the sun raising
bows to string
in the orchestral pit


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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