the madness behind and the consequence of

the unnecessary madness
created by the weakness of saying
yes to no.
isolating the route
and cornering the blue light of a screen
sleeping after midnight in a chair
while the chess pieces tell you
you have one

underwear stained
wife beater – wife abandons
and the excusable thoughts are the truths
which take accountability

back to the keyboard

back to the beer can

back to the ‘i tried it once and said no after’
‘ i tried this once and enjoy more often in truth’

o sweet liberty
that is not me on the sidewalk
that is not me waiting for the doors to open at the kitchen
it is only 2014 and predictions such as these
have at least another 15 years until fruition.

fingers which wiggle into sound
moving cars with just a thought outside
of thought…

open house coat lost

heavy sleeping bag wrapped

open air –

poverty care givers handing out
heavier blankets while i watch the traffic without a window

and i reach out



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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