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Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, The DeSoto


05.27.10 Posted in Contributor Series 5, today's words by

Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae
The DeSoto
By Joseph Murphy

The 10-year-old sat up to see over the dash,
Imagining the engine’s sound.

September 1959: summer kids gone;
Gift and soda shops closed; the island’s beaches
Reclaimed by gulls.

The car had been sold; time to move.

This would be his final chance
To marvel at its dials.

Death had come quickly. Grandmother
Walked in, said: “He’s gone.”

The boy had come to see himself
As a figurine
Glued to a bottled ship’s deck.

But sitting in the driver’s seat
He seemed life size:
Holding the wheel’s worn grooves,
Just as another had.


Joseph Murphy’s poetry appeared at vox poetica in 2009 and 2010. His most recent work, The Navigators appeared in January 2010.




2 Responses to “Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, The DeSoto”

  1. The minds eye of a child is powerful and sad.

  2. Jessie carty says:

    The move to the suddeness of death is so wonderfully rendered