reading Friedrich and it’s overwhelmingly over your head

a woman lounging
legs over the side of a big lounge chair
dangling from her mouth
unlit – waiting for you to walk over and light it
so she can say ‘no thank you sir i don’t smoke’
is naked
with a full smile because of her remark
because of the look on your face
is reading a book
a hardcover
her hair is curled but not totally ready for the day
has on one slipper
and perhaps
one boot –
just dangling on the tips of her toes


because she has just risen from bed
yes it’s the afternoon
but she still has just risen from the bed
one slipper on her toes because the floors are still cold
one boot on the opposite foot because she is preparing to go outside and get the cat

walk away now
grab your easel
or a book a pen

get it down exactly as you see it

things and days are not always this perfect


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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