overused like palpable

the catharsis
(hate that overused word)
of writing to the dead
as though
writing left handed when we lose
the right limb to the battle
of lost words
or worse –
lose the days in between
lost friendship or
family members
who have neither the inclination
or want
to say hello

but in the letter to,
and never back
we write as though they are
listening and eagerly ready at the pen to
write back –
even if alive,
we know
they never will


we write
and drop love into the seal
flaking off the skin
of our depression,
finishing the process
as the tongue dips across the ill gotten
measurement of the envelope
and slip the
cargo into the mail
whistling ourselves home
out of the cold
and into the warmth of a now changed
– we go about our house hold business
as if a ghost has left, and the oppression
has lifted,
with sunlight coming through veiled

my love

have you received my letter?

if so or if not,

i hope it finds you
on the left side of the soil –
which ever way
may be correct for


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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