All Things Fresh and Beautiful by Murray Dunlap

Photo courtesy of  Viktorie Lexová
Photo courtesy of Viktorie Lexová

When the sun streamed through hair                                                                                                  ~ for Molly

And dew sat pensive

I thought, and thought

Of how I could possibly go.

How could I go…

 

The twilight perched on the shoulders

Of a dream

And played little mini-melodies

Of walking along the banks

And walking

And walking

 

See the smoke

Settling down in the lap

Of an innocent fool

And hum, hum, hum, of walking

And think it is quiet

In the daytime

And so to walk

Oh, to walk!

 

And then, just then

The thought dawned

Sing, and dance, and swallow

The mask of pain

The hiding place

Of sorrow

Sing and dance and swallow

For a night

Of  a walk

A bit of a walk

So welcoming

So bright

And beautiful…

 

 

All Things Fresh and Beautiful Author picMurray Dunlap’s work has appeared in about fifty magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices once. His first book, an early draft of Bastard Blue (then called Alabama), was a finalist for the Maurice Prize in Fiction. Bastard Blue was published on June 7th, 2011 (the three-year anniversary of a car wreck that very nearly killed him). The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Laura Dave, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing.

 

Viktorie Lexova is an artist living in the Czech Republic and maintains an account on Flickr.

Murray Dunlap
Murray Dunlap's work has appeared in countless magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. The story 'Race Day' was a finalist for the American Fiction Short Story award, 2014. The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing.

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