Poems by Paul Robert Mullen in Fevers of the Mind Anthologies (2019)

Paul Robert Mullen
Insomnia

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

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

Painting

admittedly she had sad eyes
but don't all lovers
eventually?

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

Bio from 2019:

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. Co-editor of poetry & arts zine “The Broken Spine Arts Collective” Twitter: @mushyprm35

Check a more recent bio/info on Paul from this link on Animal Heart Press. https://animalheartpress.net/meet-the-author-a-deep-dive-with-paul-robert-mullen/