Two Poems

by Rich Murphy

Todestrieb and the Parasite

Around the banquet tables at the cemetery
interest, lust, hunger quit
whether or not balmed daily earlier.

Strutting the latest designs from NASA
and sporting carnival bumpers, desire endures
beyond the havenly, folding body.

The tick-talking retirement party
lunges to catch up
with someone abandoned for forty years.

At the lounge for missing persons
golf club members beat with a driver
and chase with bourbon
to squander regret and redemption.

Stepping over the corpse, the pulp fiction
(a rung, a foothold) cries an infancy
for which cultures scramble with wishes.

 

Sand Trap

Oceanless, a golf ball terrorizes
with just enough space
for instant communication:
A worst enemy reaches out with a missile;
a kinder foe fumbles and the end!
Where a phone call may have driven
the point home, shock and awe explain.
The whole in won disputes,
groundless but real enough,
forgets that desire pains
on the backside with “more.”
The masseuse without discipline
kneads while the handy cap club
calls to order the green keeper.
Experience might suggest
among borders and outer space
– a net, pool pockets, foul line –
that Zen pings into pong.
However, the teeming pursuit
to compete against continues with a streak
for manicured people on Astroturf.
The Hippy Dip weathered
into a speed bump among
artificial heart, artificial intelligence,
and artificial flowers. However,
dry-docked and then moth-balled,
fleets stand ready to turn clocks
back to steamer or frigate.

RICH MURPHY’S CREDITS INCLUDE BOOKS, AMERICANA PRIZE AMERICANA 2013 WINNER HIS THIRD BOOK BY THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN STUDIES AND POPULAR CULTURE, AN INSTITUTE COMMITTED TO CREATIVE WRITERS AS CREATORS OF CULTURE AND RECORDERS OF CRUCIAL IDEAS AND IMPORTANT CULTURAL MOMENTS. VOYEUR2008 GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD (GIVAL PRESS), AND THE APPLE IN THE MONKEY TREE 2007 (CODHILL 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, NEW WRITING: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PRACTICE AND THEORY OF CREATIVE WRITING, AMONG OTHERS.  RICH LIVES IN MARBLEHEAD, MA.
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