Anniversary Dinner with Borges
So the poet pauses as he passes
a few words
of Borges to his beloved.
She does not know he has been reading
Tigres de Oro, nor that he has learnt
the short piece by heart.
She does not know the words,
nor yet her own part
in the distinct possibilities of the future.
How could she know that in the night
had declared war on the past?
Today we feast on cheese curd
and curried peppers
he had said, with Borges as our witness,
whilst the obscurants and bibliographers
assign the profits
of oblivion and pedantry unto themselves.
- Mark Murphy 2012
Mark A. Murphy was born in 1969 in the UK. He studied philosophy as an under-graduate and poetry as a post-graduate. His first full length collection, Night-watch Man & Muse is due out in 2013 from Salmon Poetry, (Eire). Murphy’s poems have appeared in over a 100 magazines and journals world wide.