John Murphy




Poetry Workshop

He puts the at the end of the
line, sprinkles too many

and’s around for their liking.
He likes fuzzy poems, a bit rough

around the edges.  Make ‘m work
is what I say. A bright idea turned

cartwheels through his mind.
Something about Hiroshima

and war, but ended up as a poem
on the ordinariness of milk floats.

They fail to see the connection.
In the long silence he writes a haiku

about his pet snake,
how it feels warm, not slimy.


John Murphy is a retired Lecturer and musician. His poems have been published in various magazines and journals. He is the editor of The Lake, a poetry webzine.

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