Salt of the Earth
Sheila E. Murphy
You abbreviate me. I stray from an obedience as semaphore precedes lane change. Your eyes shift pattern to portrayal. I between my way to pertinence. The lavish praise of record kindles centered destination, as I chalk my way into a white home with a yard, an intended distance from my history. Elapsed and episodic split particulates of moment. What it means to have rescinded what first fended off the paucity, tamed via tissue hinged to an intended whole.
Sacrificial lamb’s wool, the surface of impoverished world, gain shared apart from mediocrity
About the writer:
Sheila E. Murphy is an American text and visual poet who has been writing and publishing actively since 1978. She is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J. (Green Integer Press, 2003). Murphy is known for working in forms including ghazals, haibun, and pantoums in her individual writing. As an active collaborator, she has worked with numerous writers in long poems spanning multiple volumes. Murphy’s visual work, both individual and collaborative, is shown in galleries and in private collections. Initially trained in instrumental and vocal music, her work is often associated with music in its language and rhythmic pulse. Murphy earns her living as an organizational consultant, speaker, and researcher and holds the PhD degree. She has lived in Phoenix, Arizona throughout her adult life..
Image: Untitled abstract painting by Sheila Murphy.