The Ecphorizer

Sheila Murphy

Issue #34 (June 1984)

Questions discover dreams in absolutes
until no absolute is recognizable.

The rain encounters dust to wash away.
Each element depends upon the other.

Just before it rains, the wind blows
fire across the dusty land.

Questions open absolutes like envelopes,
inventing access.

Loud answers sleep in twos
under an awning protected from rain.

One voice excavates the depth.
Another listens.

When a question is asked, someone
must admit an answer

with or without speaking. 

Poet Sheila E. Murphy describes her principal occupation as "Corporate Educator for purposes of sustenance; true occupation, POET."  A more practical, if less poetic, course than starvation, as Wallace Stevens and T. S. Eliot (among others ) have discovered.

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Sheila E. Murphy

SHEILA E. MURPHY lists her "true occupation" as poet, but works as a corporate educator for purposes of sustenance. She is also a lifelong flutist.