how do you write about a runaway horse/without pausing for suspense

for the past few weeks
i have been writing letters and poems
without the ability to use the
comma on this key
the other computer is too
a mouse that chases the screen and
bumps the cursor to a
different portion of the narrative
so that i must bring everything
back into position.
so i write using this damned
first the rough draft
and then after finding an older
article where the comma
i highlight
and copy a comma
paste it where it needs to go
in this newer

this week my love
we will
have to root around
used stores in belleville
such as the valued
the army of salvation
or drive quickly
to paul and vincent
perhaps ask
if there is anything in the
where the old electronics
are kept for a dollar
make sure the cord matches extension
and the plug in matches the
back of this contraption
which is supposed to revolutionize the

until then
i will write slower boring things
everyday novelties
which are ignored but truly
could be seen as art.
i won’t touch the other stuff
write about down hill chases or
gun fights on roller coasters
or even the unique
ability to eat a 7 course meal
in 20 minutes –
how can one write about such
when you don’t have the ability
to pause

for effect.


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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