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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


I was born in the UK in 1969. I studied philosophy as an under-graduate and poetry as a post-graduate. My first full length collection, Night Watch Man & Muse is due out in 2013 from Salmon Poetry (Eire).

Mark A. Murphy

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An Ending

And then it happens, another star in the light universe goes out
and the star gazers are baffled by its demise –
thinking as they did that it was such an immature star.

From nothing, through nothing, to nothing (says the philosopher) –
we are alone here, this much we know without seeing
the quickening that would leave the night sky dark forever.

And then it happens, in that not too distant place
where linear time is measured in moments not aeons –
the heart closes to the possibility of connection.

And the thoughts of lovers were yet to declare
an interest in creation beyond the reach of the naked eye
give birth to the incessant beating of their own ending.