Mad Boy’s Love Shanty – Alan Murphy

 

Mad Boy’s Love Shanty

In my lap she sat and smiled carefree
on that afternoon of blithe leave taking
she dropped me and I plunged into the sea.

My skin alive, I called on her at three
and after all our secretive love making
in my lap she sat and smiled carefree.

A navigator cannot always see
what looms ahead, a harsh wind devastating.
She dropped me and I plunged into the sea.

All that time I held her on my knee,
knowing that the hour was heart breaking,
in my lap she sat and smiled carefree.

My compass flickered more than one degree
and though I joked a part of me was faking.
She dropped me and I plunged into the sea.

Now I live beneath the waves (strangely),
for all the world a fish there for the taking.
In my lap she sat and smiled carefree.
She dropped me and I plunged into the sea.

 

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Inspired by ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ by Sylvia Plath.

Alan Murphy is the writer and illustrator of three collections of poetry for young readers. Dublin-born, he currently lives in Lismore, county Waterford, where he writes, makes art, and occasionally reviews books. His last collection, Prometheus Unplugged, was listed in an Irish Times children’s and young adults’ books of the year article, and shortlisted for the CAP awards.
Website: www.avantcardpublications.com
Twitter: @psychosilly
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alan.murphy.1213

Read ‘How to Make a Matisse’ and see ‘Harlequin and Pierrot’ also by Alan Murphy here.

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