Christina Murphy / Poetry Fall, 2015

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© Wayne Burke


Ink (ballpoint pen)



Crusoe’s Blossoms: Love in Metaphoric Times

Crusoe’s blossoms on a tarnished seaside,
satin moods and lover’s sorrows

Modern mathematics in the pews
of orchid smoke in obscure pastels

Neon lights and a one-way ticket,
hope for the open hand and the closed heart

These are the images, the incense of bartering—
wildflowers among pinewood trees
and dime store cafés lit by candles;

Snow chevrons outside the curtains of
candy stores and ruby-red galleons
softly rocking in harbors and bays

Love asks its questions in
kisses and tears
stepping stones and hard landings
tin angels on the moon and in the stars
rain clouds against indifferent skies
fortunes told in runic harmonies
hints of fairy tales skewed by lies
a dream and an anchor lost at sea
brilliance unfolding in embers and ashes
bitterness, wonderment, regret, refusal
silence in flowers, and tides dancing with the moon


Christina Murphy’s poems appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including PANK, Dali’s Lovechild, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and the anthologies From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea, The Great Gatsby Anthology, and Remaking Moby-Dick. Her work has been nominated multiples times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net anthology.


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