books on life are over there she said
beautiful arm hair – short sleeves
directional arrows past the fire extinguisher
fingernail approval towards the back of the shop.

do you pick your teeth with those nails i thought?
(and i did think it)
-her arm drawn back in – elbow on the countertop
sawing down on fingernail file

at the back on one shelf about 6 feet long is 4 categories
plays/art/poetry/canadian literature
-the most exciting things are hidden from the mass public
poised and set – shooflies on the summer screen door

my gawd aren’t we cleverly smart
people want to read this stuff – they want to take it home and dream of deNiro
they want to fantasize of a Canadian Mountie in Chicago
and buy all this work collecting dust in the back corner of intellectuality

she looks at me once wondering what the hell could i be searching for?
well i am searching for her of course
i am hoping while the customers shop the best seller shelves at the front…
she will come back here and fulfill my librarian style fantasies

but she will not come back

and i feel lost…..point me darlin out of this darkness – how do i travel home to freedom?

where are your beautiful arm hairs? The draft from the emergency exit will raise them
i will lick a finger and catch the breeze which will push me to back to the front
where you can be comfortable again picking teeth and selling the works of fictional pen names
such as – Patoosh and Ginoosh……Darwinkleman


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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