sketch a paint – keep elbow near chin – keep knee in the bend – boar hair and properly aged pigment…

to paint the clean
you must unfold the dirty-
dirty only in the intent – juxt
even then () beauty is hidden

the everyday walk
the stereotype

around the home


the hard working dollar
the sitter unmoving

embarrassment? hell

    a proctologist with a thumb for detail

    mixing paint
    sorting brushes

    the heat
    the cold

    a cloth robe
    an audience working

    ‘the get over it moment’

    going beyond

    the eyes
    the structure
    the mood

    even the dirty holds beauty
    the human form moving () standing still

    playing the sport
    swimming free in the fly-sky

    moving the balcony
    tossing another drink

    the touch
    the skin
    the aging

    – looking inside the gallery
    20 years ago

    that was me
    just standing there still

    that was me
    just painting


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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