"Surrender," "Drawn," and "Snapshot"


Electrify my gentle mind. Please be adorable until I find the deftness to unseason who I am. Spring eludes the senses or it overstays its welcome. Might one propose a meme to counteract neglect? Various new people offer wares. How many ways to spend the same ten bucks? An inbox full of do this, do that, subscribe. . . To maybe feel when we cannot feel better? A vein of half enough shelf life to affirm that blood keeps running. Thus the nature walk for now. To dazzle our integrity en route to something else, no matter what or where. And ready to disarm.

Sorrento, not apart from mending, safety very far from reach




I was picturing the perfect hammock as an antidote to the mercurial endowment of the speaker’s eyes that skittered toward targets of greed. I saw firm feeling held between strong trees. Versus mosquito of a man trapped by short life and crazed need. Is anyone immune? The sacrament we dream approaches readiness to bless us each. It would be easy to condemn, it would be perfectly inaccurate. The long-stemmed oversight of petals just about to drop upon the oaken table captivates. The wrinkling of each color blends with seasoned wood. Is there a miracle to gain? Whatever timetable, there looms a future in our nagging innocence. A simple card game that defines ad hoc agreement.

Semitones, symphonic breath, a path in bloom beside the point




I am pretty sure the integers can be worked out. The silo’s tipped, and fields look softer than they would with just the crops. All cows eat grass. Music affords way of softening the width and silence. You and I have walked the place we’ve cleared, and now horizons glow. Mind polishes some windows, thinking one along Ohio where melody was lost. I prayed for better chemistry. To wean myself of sadness that felt natural. A ridge of flowers near blacktop as wind resembles traffic noise, a place to go. The city of our inner selves seems crowded as a scatter-gram of beings seeking safety from their kindred selves.

A scale from which to sing, recalling thunder then the peace of rain



Sheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J. (Green Integer Press, 2003). Her most recent book is Golden Milk (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020). Reporting Live from You Know Where won the Hay(na)Ku Poetry Book Prize Competition (Meritage Press (U.S.A.) and xPress(ed) (Finland), 2018). Also in 2018, Broken Sleep Books brought out the book As If To Tempt the Diatonic Marvel from the Ivory. The chapbook Separation Theory (Writers Forum, 2004) was just reprinted (Trainwreck Press, 2022).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:47