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MARK A. MURPHY : Snow Dream
MARK A. MURPHY : Interstellar

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MARK A. MURPHY
Snow Dream

In your absence snow has drifted into the woods where we might have camped, only I donít see you in a tent in the snow. I saw you last night in some strangersí house miles from any campsite, bound by feral cats, hell bent on their ferocity. All love is change. You tell me to love another, but Iím stubborn, refusing to give you up. Youíre sure we will meet again, at least once more, before dying. Your words bring tears to my eyes, Iíve little strength without you, no sense of carrying on alone. Letís go to that campsite now, see the dome tent pitched in the snow. Letís walk in each otherís footprints through the deep drifts where no government could bother our secret lay. In your absence snow has drifted all over the Pennine hills, all over old England.

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MARK A. MURPHY
Interstellar

What void is this, castrates man and silences the beloved Ė our lovers already selfless and sexless as if just out of earshot of the next failed romance, the next reckoning with God? What now of all the words written, all exhortations, all whispering down the years, where one being ineluctably ends as two creatures without sustenance, suffering by degrees, fading out to darkness. Are we all done, lover or do we hold out for one last kiss, a last embrace before the fall, where man and woman might yet have a last chance, win the day in spite of all our disappointments?

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