Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sheila Murphy, Summer Sequence

Monterosa, image by Sheila Murphy 

Summer Sequence

birds, bees, beeswax
copacetic hammock swing
leaves as flutter tongues

* * *

innocence lapping
and receding with soft grace
ground hog daylight

* * *

one-time contralto
city scapular restraint
a run on whole tones

* * *

he speaks adverbs
fluently despite small nouns
polished au naturel

* * *

Elmer and Ione
a clarinet plus casket
tears and gentle rain

—Sheila Murphy


  1. Always a delight to read and see new work by Sheila Murphy. These are particularly rich and resonant.