Le Philosophe after the Painting with the Same Name by Giorgio de Chirico

Shareen K. Murayama

 One shoulder   lowered            manicured cities arched          


                              like sea breath

                we willow                    


                               we  forestall     foam

                                               like brandy     decomposition  

                                                                                      I never door. the horizon

pinched like me            a modesty cloth           

                                      over mouth

                                      a roof               scalloped crust

eruption           the debris line staked                          needle-and-ligature

              the lonely                     leaks out          leaves a blue

iris cave of you

            both maxilla & mandible


Shareen K. Murayama is a Japanese-Okinawan American poet and educator who lives in Honolulu, Hawai`i. She spends her afternoons surfing and her evenings with her dog named Squid. You can find her on IG and Twitter @ambusypoeming.