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By P. D. MurrayPublished 8 months ago 1 min read
"Grief" Mixed media 2022 P.D. Murray

After the parade,

The astronaut let her hair grow long

And sometimes wore sunglasses

While picking up rotisserie chicken for dinner.

She answered the phone less and less

But watched the waves lap

At all hours.

A black cormorant’s perigee

And plunge. A puffer fish

Surfacing under stars.


Like kindergartners

In a game of shadow tag.

A neighbor said that her eyes

Had become telescopes,

Bending an ancient, violet light.

One lover, leaving, said her lips

Tasted of paradox.

The astronaut knew

Her place in the world

No longer was.

She’d glimpsed herself

Transfigured in a parhelion,

Her body impossible

As a Klein bottle,

Both containing herself

And everything that she wasn’t.

She saw that dawn

Is both an entry and

An exodus.

But even then,

It came to her:

The realization that

Long after her rapture,

She’d still have to shop at Target.

surreal poetry

About the Creator

P. D. Murray

Murray is an accomplished painter and writer.

Through 2010, he was shown exclusively by Treehouse Studio Galleries. His work hangs in private collections around the world. He's also published 5 books. You can see more at www.pdmurray.art

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