The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-2                                                       JUNE -2012                                                    Number-1




From Near and Far Away


by Dr. Richard Luftig


This night full of indifferent stars,

a moon not fit to be trusted,

so round, so cold, so full

of itself that even the lights

out on the edge of town blink

on and off in disbelief.


Out here he struggles

to remember when life

wasn’t seen from a distance,

of when she wouldn’t let him

love her and couldn’t

stop him from trying.





by Dr. Richard Luftig


A thing is good if it fulfills it’s plan or purpose


A good letter explains,

he thinks as he writes.

Outside, birds flit and caw

swooping, defending

their nests against March

and any rival looking

to steal their intended mate.

A good letter explains.

He picks up

the small framed photograph,

a smiling child, a woman peering

out from some other story,

and worries again

if they will understand.