past words in present tense

heaven speaks softly to your beauty
your beauty
as the rugged earth competes for
as society rages against political conquest
and racial equality is lost
somewhere in the mix of ugliness

what i miss most are the sounds of the type writer tacking
from inside an old cabin
but the sounds of computer keyboard offers something
which is more
in which i mean
less interruption. erasing quickly a mistake
than paper pulled-scratched-resurfaced
searching lost-last position and same inner tranquility

but nothing can interrupt your beauty
not the world around us
the material given to send out to the small world
how i feel

after all this
there will be the outdoors

the December autumn weather
mis-quoting the calendar

limestone pathways and the sound of cars moving past on the street

these are not the same streets which
were written about 50 years ago
things are changing in the same way
it bucks against the foot prints of the moon
where nothing is disturbed


writing a love poem to you

writing a love poem to a loved one is far different in the reprint
than how the terrain of this great landscape was originally placed down beforehand


heaven speaks softly
repeating parts of the same message
hoping to attract
new crowd


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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