the beauty of marriage

you undress in front of me
while i fiddle with radio or
apply deodorant.
it’s not that you dismiss me or
that my glimpse of you is unimportant

it’s the acknowledged bond beyond flesh_which exists between us

no need of holding up white sheet hiding timeline
pressing facecloth rising from tubbed – clamshell.

when you want my attention
the behaviour changes
when my behaviour changes to a smile
your shyness appreciates my glance.

at meal time we eat
and companionship meets companionship
after the meal_follows_during the meal
changing between rooms for light rye and tea.

this is the beauty of marriage

angle of the eye catching butterfly
instinctual moments changing bodied-tone-colour
a tree branch over window – catching noon sun or
evening moon.

while you undress next to me
i think of words – languid and honeydew
eternal nestling and morning window.

while i undress with you
i think of honeymoon and soundtracks
whispering bills and kitchen chores

catch you eyeing me
myself eyeing you

2 smiles unified

kissing the night – good night.


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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