Saturday, 15 July 2017


by Eileen Murphy

            the wrinkled girl
shops for hairpins shops for shoes

buys a brassiere that becomes a brazier
sucks on candy mushroom clouds

            the gray-haired girl
lurks & sighs in stores parading jackets
curious hats beckoning skirts

sweats & skimps in criminal dressing rooms
slips smirking clerks her shaking credit cards

            BUY SAVE DIE

            in my empty condo
i sit
TV blue on my face

dried riverbeds
            with vitamin E lotion

shampoo                      covers gray
diet plan                      disappears fat

o cruel gods     kyrie eleison

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"sleepwalking" was originally published in Poetry Motel (1999).

A former Chicagolander, Eileen Murphy now lives 30 miles from Tampa. She received her Masters degree from Columbia College, Chicago. She teaches literature and English at Polk State College in Lakeland and has recently published poetry in Thirteen Myna Birds, Tinderbox (nominated for Pushcart Prize), Yes Poetry, The American Journal of PoetryRogue AgentDeaf Poets Society, and other journals.

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