The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College

“After the Demise of the Swine’s Sister” by Mary Ellen Talley

after Heart with Bricks by Elizabeth Murray

Murray, Elizabeth, Heart with Bricks

Elizabeth Murray, Heart with Bricks, 2002, oil on canvas.

shows up at the door
ready to blow the house down.

Quietly, her fingers
hobble together
a response
tied with royal blue ribbon.

Not to squash hope
of the dashing wolf
but the mortar dried
quite some time ago.



Mary Ellen Talley
Seattle, WA

Mary Ellen Talley’s poems have recently been published in “Cirque, U City Review” and “Ekphrastic Review,” as well as in anthologies “The Doll Collection” and “The Way to My Heart.” Her poetry has received two Pushcart Nominations.