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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Mark A. Murphy's first full length collection, Night-watch Man & Muse was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. His next full length collection, Night Wanderer's Plea is now pending from Waterloo Press.

Mark A. Murphy

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Between the Wars

I cannot be
all things
to all people

anymore than the moon can illuminate
the paths between us, or the heron
be magnanimous to the carp.

Before long the cracks begin to show,
the house falls in to ruin,
the old dog cannot scratch its itch.

Now I must betray my love
which ultimately involves lying to myself
in that Bombay garden we only dare dream of.