New York Running Shoes

there is a dangerous romance about it all
lights turning out on the Highline at 10pm
heading 41 streets towards the Empire
novelty shops and 24 hour Italian diners
garbage piled for morning
the stars almost higher than skyline – so maybe i know my way home.
is a dark gentleness this late into the evening
a daring beauty sizing the town down
yellow cabs – blurred lamps
shadows with feet – unintelligent genius
loving and watching

‘which way’ we ask
and corner teens say ‘that way’ – ‘but it’s 20 streets more’
a five corner community
where we could commit murder and hide
five blocks down
commit love and never wander into Chelsea

hold me now
we’ll merge with the tourists

we’ll escape the tourists and bleed into the sidewalks
wash into the street for the sunrise cleaners
and be born into this town
this stuffed – jammed – metropolis
small burgs crammed into a lost population
smaller than it realizes
larger than we care to see.


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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