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


Mark A. Murphy is the editor of the online journal, POETiCA REViEW. His poetry collections include Tin Cat Alley (1996), Our Little Bit of Immortality (2011), Night-watch Man & Muse (2013), To Nora, A Singer of Sad Songs (2019), and Night Wanderer's Plea (2019). His next full length collection, The Ontological Constant is due out in June (2020) in a bi-lingual German/English edition from Moloko Print in Germany.

Mark A. Murphy

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Turn the timepiece on its head. Watch
time the great enabler,
allowing the harvest of innocence.
A timely kiss, a timely prayer
offering a way in, demanding
a way out of one romantic timeline
(many lifetimes)
in favour of an older, timeless romance.
Turn the hourglass on its head. Watch
the woman and the girl
(you fell in love with)
running home late, not out of time
for future time is what she dreams –
time-wise, but not time weary
synchronising the local time on her wrist
with the Greenwich Mean Time on her phone.