Second Life - Bryan Murphy

Larkin’s “toad”
lumbers off
my life.
I don’t watch it leave,
sleep the sleep of the just retired,
wake in mid-winter.

Reinvigorated, raring to go,
worlds to conquer,
I shuffle toward the oyster,
sharpening pen and oiling voice,
knowing I’ll rarely work wonders with either,
grateful for time to try.

High, high climbs the roller-coaster
to oblivion, such fun on the way,
every moment suffused
with freedom’s sharp tang.

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Bryan Murphy is the author of Goodbye, Padania, Linehan’s Trip and countless poems. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system and now divides his time among England, Italy, the wider world and cyberspace. He welcomes visitors at