The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2


The Fine Print

by Colin Dodds


There is a vision barely hidden

in the ads that interrupt

the televised sports of the weekend


Lives of impossible ease

drift by like the fever dreams

of history’s most boring harem


And at the end of the erection dysfunction ad

that caps the afternoon

you can almost hear the warning


For civilizations

exceeding four hundred years,

please consult a physician

In No Mood

By  Connolly Ryan

I keep company with carrion:

so you can shove your meme

(Keep Calm and Carry On)

where the sun don’t beam.

A sparrow beelines to my café table

photogenically unapologetic

as a European, hopping on my

napkin, seeking crumbs.

‘Sorry little psycho,’ I whisper,

in no mood for either sophistry

or savagery, ‘I’ve only a beverage

and a slight fever, so take your

 mendicant antics and flit on back

to the gulag or gingko or wherever.’