the body’s mind recalibrating itself for the next world
in the vain staggerings between
one life and the next / or one life and one death
The outcome of desire is incidental to the heart
and truth gives way—like haze or fog—
to the brighter lights of need
The flesh of intention and the intention of the flesh
make peace within the soul; nothing left behind but
sweetness and grief, unto the eventual silence,
Nosce te ipsum—what greater hope, what greater desire?
Christina Murphy’s poems appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including, PANK, Dali’s Lovechild, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and in The Great Gatsby Anthology and Remaking Moby-Dick. Her work has been nominated multiples times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net anthology.