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Rumors by Paul Robert Mullen

it cannot be considered indecency

to imagine pure pleasure

under the tree the one you jog past

every morning as i wait alone

for buses

so crowded by fears

you see in these communities

out of nothing comes something

since railways and motorways and passageways

bring voices often still humming

as pale winter dawns on us

as if we were all expecting sun forever


Paul Robert Mullen is from Liverpool and has been published in literary magazines, e-zines, and journals such as The Interpreter’s House, Dreamcatcher, Dodging The Rain, The Foxglove Journal, Blossom In Winter, and The Canon’s Mouth. He also has three collections out on Coyote Creek Books (San Jose, California): curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He has also been interviewed about his work by various radio stations, magazines, and newspapers, most notably Sean Styles on BBC Radio Merseyside in September.

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