don’t be sterile
don’t be generic telling us it’s a new perspective
don’t hunt for the unknown and make believe your lifestyle

stock the shelves
and understand yourself in a carnival
look through each bottle and witness the circus mirrors

tell a joke
be introspective
make the subject most wondrous

but don’t be vulgar

a cigar for a cigarette
a cantaloupe for a pear
an axe for the bow and arrow

chop the hen
that multi purpose layer – directly over the log

but don’t tell me how the blood soaks into the corded years
into the snow – beyond the ground

step backwards as you work
continuously protecting your eyes and hands
that great monster hoping to keep you from a fulfilled Friday

– a mattress needle you must bob and weave
the lumber yard flat bed you must watch in mud
a manager who doesn’t care that you have a show or a reading

don’t give me fake news
or alternative facts
but please give me the 6pm lead in
the harmony to go with my China-lead/dollar-store
plate and fork

give me the cold refrigerator with beer
my beer
where the monologue stares from a magnet
saying ‘don’t give the 40 hour work week as an excuse’



be interested
don’t be interesting.

don’t bore me





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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