cool landscapes and all

it’s not like that
in how i told you earlier.
in how the details
wove around


in how
hands waved through the air
and my
they followed my hands
so i wouldn’t’a
look directly at you.

but my fingers
they moved landscapes
and you
sat there
soaking it all in.


what you think about
all that?

I sat there a moment
directly across from him
just the table separating us.
me thinkn’
it’s a good thing he’s handcuffed
otherwise i’d have no excuse as to why
i couldn’t hit him.
i just look at him some more
him and
his hands
cuffed to the chain
the chain following itself through
the hole in the table
and bolted
giving him only 6 inches
for as to
his hands around
and create
those landscapes


what do you think about all that?

he’s asking again
and i’m
still trying to grab my composure

still trying to think up a witty comeback
so i don’t reach out and hurt him
but i can’t.
so i wonder if n’ i can’t just
smack him somewhere
that won’t show a
or draw blood.

and i do.

it’s a quick one – up side his head
so his long hair spins around
all greasy in a mop
hiding his
hiding his
as he yells out

what you do that for?

it’s what i think

i say

about your landscaping story.
i’ve seen your work
you ain’t no landscaper
and besides
there ain’t no landscaping
to be done
out there in the desert

just holes with bodies ready to be spilled inside

and you leavin the scene of a crime
in a car
with a dirty shovel
just 500 feet
from a newly ground-hog-mound
tells me
you weren’t landscaping

he’s all silent now
leaning his head towards his hands
so he can reach far enough
to brush the hair out of his eyes
all red and misty

he says to me

sir what if’n i had brought a rake with me
would you have believed me


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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