In the Land of Quilts

could you fill me with something different
a life that in a life is not your life but still my own
where we could share this meal and talk about something
we don’t normally ignore

could you attach me to this flight plan
where we could crop dust the fields and then take off for nowhere
anywhere but here and see the mountains of another world
part of the fabric – this printed quilt we see down below

could you kill me so i can see heaven
talk to God for just a moment – see if i’m or we’re on the right path
He could bring me back as the neighbour performs CPR
being the hands of the divine while i cough myself and say i finally
know the answer

and what a helluva a thing to say you say
but i’m not sorry if i’m only asking if and when
but i am sorry if it’s not courageous to such suggest ideas
that lead to blaspheme – and not yours or mine – but other(ly)

could you sit with me here
drink a beer and say nothing but ‘what a sunset’
then sing perhaps the first tune that pops in our head

‘there’s someone coming to save my life’….

* ‘there’s someone coming to save my life’….lyrical line from the band – CITY AND COLOUR and their song SLEEPING SICKNESS……a duet with Gord Downie…..


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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