Pear of the Egg

you ponder the pear
while i think about the egg

poached or sunny?
not boiled

your form cut from the fruit
elbow on knees looking at yourself

that mirrored pear
already looking back at itself knowing-it’s-missing itself


you didn’t answer the first time
which way do you want your egg?

the perfect curve of a circle never ending
but it comes to a smooth point and speeds up

the egg
still in the shell

this passage of time we ponder
you – the pear woman


the egg man
ready for breakfast


*Pear and the Egg: the idea for this piece came from studying the works of Zoltán Glass.

Zoltán Glasswas a Hungarian photographer.  In 1931 he moved to Berlin where he established himself as a photographer, working first as a picture editor of a Berlin evening paper and then, as a photojournalist at the Berliner Tagblatt. In 1936 he was dismissed from the newspaper due to his Jewish ancestry. Later in life Glass had a second career as a fashion and glamour photographer.


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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