Elmore Leonard – a semi quote

knows he’s


just hasn’t hit

hard enough yet……

…….but he’s been hitting the family pretty hard for a while now’

and all the other problems
legal-monetary and

but we pray for him
hope for him
watch the destruction
hope for the sunlight

and we age terribly.

we’re snappy
we’re worried
we jump at the sound of the phone
we’re cautious around him.

Mr. Leonard you were right –

when you wrote that book with the alcoholic
and you wrote that page
in that early chapter

he knows but he hasn’t hit bottom hard enough

but Elmore

he’s been hitting us pretty hard for a long long time.


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 crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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