like a baby they will do 3 things non stop in life

i often found it frustrating
working around the horses 7 days a week
10 hours a day
putting them outside for 7 or 8 of those hours
and cleaning top to bottom

but that wasn’t the frustrating part

it was the 4:45pm last minute request(s)
last minute x 32 to 42 head
knowing quitting time was still

‘pick out the coupla piles they may have made since being in here the past hour while eating’

in reply
i always wanted to ask:

‘what the hell do you think they’re
going to do for
the next 14 hours until my
and how many more or
less piles do you think
they’re going to
to make my life any easier
in the morn?’

it was the sight of things
when they wanted
to come and ride in the
refusing to believe
that barn life
part in parcel with the arena
joy ride.

i am home now – back to the sanity of normal farm
or barn

where maintaining an animal is cheaper
and less hectic
than a pack of smokes a
and the arena
is actually
connected to the plank board

but instead

connected to the continuous horizon of heaven
always rising under hoof
and feet.


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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