Memory by Mark A. Murphy

We stop to think of you in the failing light,
your radio silence is complete.

It’s the end of August, but Autumn’s chill
is already foreboding.

Still, the garret is a good place to hide
one’s shame at love’s rebuttal.

As we look out over the chimney pots,
roof slates and aerials

of our post-industrial town, the light fading
exponentially, as if allowing

for failure in our lives, we will conjure
summer’s fruit picnic

on the mezzanine floor, before and after
the radio waves fell silent.

Mark A. Murphy

Mark A. Murphy’s first full length collection, Night-watch Man & Muse was published in 2013 by Salmon Poetry, Eire.


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