I gave her some hollow words to fill and she asked what with.
I suggested the truth but the romantic in her wasn't too keen.
So she left them empty on a shelf.
She said they meant something to her.
One day a spider made a web in them to catch flies.
Copyright ©1991 by Jim Murdoch
Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer living just outside Glasgow. His poetry appeared regularly in small press magazines during the seventies and eighties. In the nineties he turned to prose-writing and has completed five novels and a collection of short stories. His first novel, Living with the Truth, was published in 2008 and the sequel, Stranger than Fiction, the following year. In 2010 he brought out a collection of his poetry spanning over thirty years of writing entitled This Is Not About What You Think and later this year his next novel, Milligan and Murphy, a work inspired by the writing of Samuel Beckett, will be available in paperback. You can find out more about him on his blog, The Truth About Lies and you can read further examples of his poetry on his website.