In the Morass

With a start beneath two brows,
the digestive tract sucks up
to the low hanging fruit
(Venus, Mars) while rumbling
through desire spitting pits
and dumping dreams behind.
The essential prune 
for the paradise and host toast.

When lips part to coax
and the esophagus stretches
a neck, intestines prepare for
determination and advertises
a place to park natural resources
. . . forever: Yoga mogul.
Worming a way through
everything outside the human body,
wit hands off the idea 
to cold calculators.
Tick workers dismantle 
and build to spec monstrosities
in a belly, Humvees strip-teased
into plows and addressed again
vice with verse. Never satiated, 
the python continues to spy, 
to conjure, to swallow and to parse 
for use. Use: Practical applications
and a narrow marrow in breath.

About the Author: Rich Murphy’s credits include books, Americana Prize Americana 2013 winner his third book by The Institute for American Studies and Popular Culture. Voyeur 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award (Gival Press), and The Apple in the Monkey Tree 2007 (Codhill Press); chapbooks, Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press). His website and LinkedIn address are as follows: ;