RolingOnLines, by holosmossWe ride along our event horizons
until we are thrown by our cosmic cycles
to the end of our roads.
The experience of our heaving lungs
among these solar systems greets and resists
our blunt physiques, and we
can only attempt to describe
that wind in our faces or at our backs
to each other over popsicles
or a hill of sweaty spandex.
The trees we pass through
remind us of what we thought we knew,
our martyrdom, and the miraculous
energy that keeps the dead weight
of flesh balanced for a while.
Find your garden here, here, here.
When we were children we'd pedal bicycles
and discovered again and again the terrain
and its weather restricting our travail,
wearing out our shoes and our muscular wills.
At the top of some rise each of us notices
the secret of travel among planets and stars
or moves among fools powered by the fuel
of pity from doorway to doorway.
The nightmare released its grip on the dark.
The morning whistled by my ears.
The graceful afternoon blossoms
around everything I do.

First published in Spillway Review
Copyright © 1997, Rich Murphy

Image Credit: holosmoss, some rights reserved

Rich Murphy’s poems have appeared in such periodicals as Rolling Stone, Poetry Magazine, Grand Street, New Letters, Confrontation Magazine, Negative Capability, New Delta Review, forpoetry, Inertia Magazine, Voltaire’s Inkwell, Salamander, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

Rich Murphy’s collection of poems titled The Apple in the Monkey Tree assume that each Western man and woman is a “monkey in the apple tree:” Darwin’s monkey in Adam & Eve’s tree, suffering Christ’s pain in Einstein’s epoch while applying a salve from the East. In an era when we have Catholics, evangelical Christians, Muslims, and Jews on the news and Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and E.O. Wilson weighing in with books, Rich Murphy offers this collection of poems. The Apple in the Monkey Tree has been called “provocative and enticing” and “hypnotic and enlightening” by one contest editor. Another contest editor has said that it “is such a fabulous manuscript, filled with poems that beautifully crafted, wondrously imaginative, challenging, and often quite moving. The manuscript as a whole is thoughtful, affecting, compelling, and completely fresh.”

He is pleased to announce that Great Grandfather, a chapbook of twenty-three other poems from this manuscript, will be published by Pudding House Publications.