The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-2                                                       JUNE -2012                                                    Number-1




Leisure Time for the Dispossessed

by Nathaniel S. Rounds


She is painting nails with

Disappearing ink

Robert writes love letters

In the blood of innocents

Eddie draws pictures of the Führer

Over maps of Israel and Jordan

Mother projects Bible scripture

Over walls painted Band-aid colour

The girl on the twenty-third floor

Is screaming mock protest in Portuguese

While her man smokes Hollywood cigarettes

And Chinese noodles and boiled crab flesh

Invoke hunger through air vents and cracked ceiling

And the ground way down below

Yields to this building of a hundred rented homes

Like a lonely child

To an enemy soldier