Global Societies

… living always means building spheres, both on a small and a large scale, humans are the beings that establish globes and look out to horizons.—Peter Sloterdijk

When the chicken dances
on the hotplate for fifteen minutes,
the frog comes to a boil in a pot,
and will set for serving.

From under the mind-business bubble,
where big money accumulates
(when given any chance), the sideshow
“under-glass” appears, at best,
among just deserts for poor choices.

The flame licking at the watched vat
grows with each austerity package
and unfunded local program.

The myopic minority celebrates
with fluted fizz beneath the ozone dome
and with kisses blows to the splash, cupola,
and effervescence tomorrow promises.



Rich Murphy’s credits include the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award for Voyeur; a first book, The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press); chapbooks, Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing), and Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox); poems in Rolling  Stone, Poetry, Grand Street, Trespass, New Letters, Pank, Segue, and  Confrontation; and essays in The International Journal of the Humanities, Fringe, Journal of Ecocriticism, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture, Folly Magazine, among others.  Rich lives in Marblehead, MA.