Farthings hold their piddling worth like fleas

unwanted, stray, maintaining given form.

A secret cache of secrets overtakes

the corner of an attic unreached.

A correspondence course offered privacy

in learning by inhaling a mere book.

Fractions colluded to seem almost whole.

A window, full of mismatched parts in rows.

Is satisfaction mere facsimile

of something lusted after now half real?

from Ghazals for 2023


Sheila E. Murphy’s most recent books are Permission to Relax (BlazeVOX Books, 2023) October Sequence: Sections 1-51 (mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press, 2023), and Sostenuto (Luna Bisonte Prods (2023). Her Wikipedia page can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Murphy

from Ghazals for 2023


Old throats performing oratorios.

Fidgety warbled tones, rehearsal's done.

Bereft of patience, I think that I am

getting somewhere because of limbs moving.

All across America, sunflower

seeds are landing on people's open palms.

Clockwise progress toward infinity.

Choice words hover in the balance, spoken.

He wore a cape he opened to showcase

phenomena he claimed ontology.