Poetry: Painting, Insomnia, October Morning by Paul Robert Mullen


admittedly she had sad eyes

but don’t all lovers


someone commented that she was pale

someone else said she had pretty hair

i bet she’d be soft spoken you whispered

when everyone had gone

and i was left with the easel

and a broken window not yet repaired

i made myself some hot chocolate

to ease the gunfire

in my head

i started to question my vision of

Anna Karenina

and decided that next time

if i could stay out of bed

for long enough

i would paint snowflakes or nuclear war

anything but this


sunrise on a beautiful horizon

i haven’t slept for days and

this headspace is leaden heavy

i move like music jilted / somehow in tune

ready to break into …

the mountains blink and i shudder

at the thought of forever

empty plastic screams from the floor

i can only breathe through motion

you look at me as though i am a

dissatisfactory explanation

the sun swamps the half-light like the veil

on an ugly girl resigned

to mediocrity

there is life in the trees precious untarnished life

i watch through the window as though ready

for the arrival of someone

these walls stink of secrets & worse

we smile regardless

what more is there to do?



october mornings

are my favourite

since they are so lucid

there is no weight of expectation hanging

on an october morning

nobody expects storms or sunshine

nobody really expects anything

but a clear sky

that is neither red nor blue

i take my pills and wait for an october morning

it is July

Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He has been widely published in magazine, journals and anthologies worldwide. Paul also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist. Soon to be co-editor of the upcoming poetry & arts zine “The Broken Spine Arts Collective”

Twitter: @mushyprm35

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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