such a pretty picture by Paul Robert Mullen



Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Southport, near Liverpool, U.K.  He is a keen traveller, having lived and worked in China and Australia, and has scaled the entirety of Asia.  He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018).  He also enjoys Leonard Cohen, bass guitar riffs, porridge, paperback books with broken spines, and all things minimalist.
























such a pretty picture






hearts pounding

late-afternoon haze feeding the spaces

between tall black pines


it began as just a passing thought in the

slender kitchen            friends who had become strangers

              too much booze                     

the passing of years stitched with

the ruffling of a dog’s ears


the wild country                     it’s a painting

               on your wall  

the kind you want to step inside        colossal trunk

blocking pathways to

the other side               saplings fending

off silver rays with khaki shields

the entry to a million

                         myths or truths


he retrieves the ball and i throw it

further than before                  voices in the air

warning me not to overstay


                        begging me to never leave




Paul Robert Mullen


somewhere in the countryside by Paul Robert Mullen