Sheila E. Murphy

Sacrifice

Image 7 by Sheila E. Murphy

 She taught him to renege on solitude, as white trees held the snow.  Possessive adjectives let go their climb of trunks ’til morning. She saw happiness in slow tests of the ground. He lived apart from baselines while holding still attached to sky. She choiced herself into belief as windows on the yard went cold. The altar cloths and ceiling fans and clean glass sheltered what resisted an intended frame. She told herself an adage that would spawn. Toward blush, she thought. Or he would capture what was lost. A center formed of splinter framed a little thought.

One gesture at a time, this marriage, offer of a hand replied to in the long term

 

About the writer:
Sheila E. Murphy, Ph.D, is an American text and visual poet who has been actively publishing since 1978. She is the recipient of The Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J (Green Integer Press, 2003). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Image: Image 7 by Sheila E. Murphy.