Issue No. 2, Autumn 2012

The Half-Life of Perfection
Jim Murdoch

There’s no such a thing as a perfect world
where the knives are always razor-sharp
and never out of arm’s reach.

Perfection is relative, subjective, fleeting:
a perfect kiss,
a perfect soufflé or
a perfect moment –

the right thing at the right time in the right place.

There are no such things as
a perfect mate,
a perfect life or
a perfect world.

The best you ever could hope for
would be some sugar-coated reality
and too much of that’ll make you sick.


Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer. His poetry has appeared in small press journals and online since the 1970s. A full collection of his poems entitled This Is Not About What You Think was published in 2010. He is also the author of three novels and is currently working on a collection of short stories which should appear early in 2013. He’s rarely not writing and when not producing fiction is working on articles for his long-running blog The Truth About Lies: jim-murdoch.blogspot.co.uk