Dystopian Times

by MW Murphy

A Professor at my school

         has the virus

came in email

         last night

 take cover

 stay home.

In newly cloistered world

feel the crevices

the refractions of light

take joy in first greenings

         early spring

mourn still moist base of tree

         newly cut

amidst sun’s slowly warming rays


         against dystopian times.

Feel feel it all

         anger pain love

then ensconced alone

at keyboard

creating calm

followed by tensions


even lost in moments


MW Murphy writes both fiction and poetry. She has a short piece of fiction in the anthology Gathered Light (Three O’Clock Press, 2013) and another in the anthology A Shadow Map (CCM, 2017). She has poems in the international poetry anthology series The Art of Being Human (2015) as well as We Are Beat – the “National Beat Poetry Foundation Anthology” (Local Gems Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in online poetry mags Breadcrumbs Magazine (2020) and Yes Poetry (2020).  In addition, MW has been a featured poet, and has done readings from her fiction at various bookstores, coffee houses, libraries, and community parks. She recently completed an urban fantasy novel The Girl in the Bookstore. Sabiyha Prince is an anthropologist, artist, and author based in Washington, DC.  Her books and essays explore urban change and African American culture, and her paintings and photo collages grapple with memory, identity, kinship and inequality.