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The Chain

From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014
p. 85 | 10.1353/ner.2014.0054

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All summer I have kept moving,
per the advice of Brad Pitt in the zombie
apocalypse movie I watched one day
instead of lapping up my sadness like milk.
Movimiento es vida, he said in bad Spanish,
and so I try to live, drive down the coast
to my hometown and back, to Oakland
where I feel the most hope because both
my nieces jump into its summer and raise
their arms to the sky. Yesterday I thought
maybe I should switch to Tom Petty
because his voice has always consoled me
and we all know Rumours was the end
even though they sang it with fire and grace,
1977, Sausalito, all the coke you could carry,
Stevie in a lace shawl on a houseboat,
twirling mescaline loops to stave off sadness,
like me in the dark watching zombies scale
the walls of Jerusalem, writhing pile of failing
flesh. My heart is tired, wrung dry from
each day muttering No way out but through,
something you used to say about the divorce
that had no end. Who left whom? Deep breath.
Late July. Rosie sleeping sweetly at my feet.
At least you never lied. That’s the piece I keep.

Sarah Murphy  

Sarah Murphy lives in northeast Florida, where she teaches literature and creative writing at Jacksonville University.

Copyright © 2014 Middlebury College Publications
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