Most pictures and words from Anthony C Murphy

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


The bird visited in my thirty-eighth year
I heard from this window tunes of freedom
Abandoned to the world as she was
In the dawn and the dusk she would always appear
On the same branch perched and unfussed
Singing lustily, thrusting out song to my ear
For two years she came to a sick cell’s outlook
And I’m sure others shared in the pleasure I took
For she didn’t care who heard her, not neighbour
Nor jailer, she was fearless
And then one full starred night she appeared silent
Her throat dry or her talent spent or her needs unrequited
I sat in my room holding the moon
Between finger and thumb for only a moment 

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