shadow lines

nude veneer shadowing
where i learn to colour between the lines
knowing how to make black


and grey . . . a figment on the shadow
from the wall . . . silhouette your body

cigarette in a glass ash tray

it enhances and . . . yet

record player
should it play in the corner?


should it sit on the dresser drawer table?


then i realize

it is as much about the ambience
of the surroundings
as it is about you


the world outside contributes

and blind work vs curtain
open window vs closed

people on sidewalks

and cars in the street . . . competing against
bike bells –

all these thing take up space in the moment




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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