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John Muro

It’s the ill-fated hour when day’s ending

and the moon has run its course, having

trundled across the felt of heaven, unable

to retrace its steps, like a nine ball in billiards

that has come to rest, grave-side silent,

just before tumbling into the deep side-

pocket of emptiness, and I can discern

its skull-cap pulled tightly across its crown

and its flushed cheeks of Scotch-broom

yellow as it nears the end of its heedless

descent, cleaving branches, abandoning

stars and pouring light upon the harbor’s

drowsy waters leaving little else to consider

but its certain deadfall and grievous ending.

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and, more recently, for the Best of the Net Award, John Muro is a resident of Connecticut, a graduate of Trinity College and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems – In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite – in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books were published by Antrim House, and both are available on Amazon. John’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies since 2020, including Acumen, Barnstorm, Euphony, Grey Sparrow, Moria, Sky Island and the Valparaiso Review. Instagram @johntmuro.

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