Two Poems

by Rich Murphy

Brilliant Philosophers in the Wild

Since escaping the fly bottle,
the savant sits on lips
and describes traffic-jams so
that choke-holds dissolve
for gawking gnats that buzz
up to glass walls. Perhaps
the thinkers who brought light
to jars at night for children
won’t be fools in the future.
Having played with fire,
puzzle-assemblers, all missing
pieces, go to bed and sleep freer.
On air currents, notions
sometimes whistle and other
times gases invade the base
in a bucket and moan.
Truth brims into evaporation
where mouths take over.
Any It compliments belief only.
Opinion polls verify
the jug in Tennessee.

Arendt Errand

The ideas were for history or biology to rule in general ways, where the world would practice the life of the novice butcher. Amateur instruments were the order of the day. The aim of General Charisma was to eliminate space between people so that those who live in an empire acted as one toward TBA others, a mirror image that performs the dirty work.

Incremental space elimination proved routine, a way of life, accepted soon with apathy. Anything resembling a closet was outlawed so all houses were demolished. Folks who were rumpled as though having slept in a confined area were exposed as were anyone who kept to himself. Any thinking for oneself was punishable by death. Every citizen lived in a public square and slept under the stars on chests. Slickers were distributed in the rain and collected in the sunlight. Frisking each other was required and reports filed on family, friends, enemies.

Every day a new weakness was announced as outlawed, and anyone found to own one received a target to wear to identify the precise spot of the imperfection. A person who couldn’t carry water carried a death sentence. Any suspect not picked off by a club or shot against a wall was dissected by thugs in lab coats.

Rich Murphy’s credits include books, “Americana” Prize Americana 2013 winner by The Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing. The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press) and Voyeur 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award (Gival Press); chapbooks, Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing),  Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press). His critical essays have been published in The International Journal of the Humanities, Fringe, Journal of Ecocriticism, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture, Folly Magazine, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, among others.

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