The 2River View 28.3 (Spring 2024)

Gloria g. Murray


how could I ever turn out right
with your scaly hands around my neck
your cold lips against my feverish brow
wild birds flying out of your eyes
Wagner tripping over your piano fingers
your waning heart promising death
and all the while
your loving arms squeezing, squeezing me

so tight against your barren breast

Gloria g. Murray has poetry and prose in journals such as Adelaide, American Life in Poetry, Flapperhouse, Paterson Review, Poet Lore, and Third Wednesday. Her chapbooks include Calamity Jane and In My Mother’s House.
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