By Rich Murphy, USA (Published in Issue 3)
Granted last wishes by penance’s
premeditated guilt execute a mockery
of the corpse. Each desperate family
member paws surfaces for a separate
salvation, and the contours of crudity
lowers each into a hole of I. Scrambling
from the edge of a grave, the clan’s
protector abandons the welfare
of members growing further into
poverty. No match for the ferry
of desire, the river Styx robs them
the last of their dignity. Jefferson
would deny their existence, while
the oldest sinner escapes with a smile.
Each one of the seven story tellers
conceives another therapy in readers.
The crows and their scare, a golden bird,
negotiate over their field of corn. The kernel
by kernel pecking order rap love songs
against the inherited destitution, ensuring
a glazed red wheelbarrow another day.
The fowl of the silver spoon, stuffed with
the hay of a human, mimics Christ, the sun,
while harvesting literacy’s richest and most
distant rows. Flapping the permanency
privilege, the menace of the airwaves perform
Rich Murphy lives in Marblehead, MA and teaches writing at VCU. Credits include the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award for his book-length manuscript “Voyeur;” a first book The Apple in the Monkey Tree; chapbooks Great Grandfather, Family Secret, Hunting and Pecking and many others.