Half Drunk Muse Poetry


Silence by Johnathan Hayes

after The Life Before Us (Madame Rosa)

it’s the usual scene
i’m at my desk

the TV is on
i’m not watching it

we’ve been together
about three months

it’s our nightly phone call

i’m half drunk
and mentioning

that someone has been calling all week
and hanging up without leaving a message

i tell her it could be my estranged father or ex-fiancé

she asks, “if she wants you back, what will you do?”

View bio for Johnathan Hayes Published in Spring 2006

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Half Drunk Muse was one of the first poetry ezines. It was founded in 1999 and ceased publication in 2006.

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