Saturday, June 5, 2021

John Grey - Three Poems

 John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest book, “Leaves On Pages” is available through Amazon.



strange how

having freed myself of all weight

i have come back to earth

i expected

at least 

a trip to the clouds

the moon

or even the stars

but away went Sheila

off came the job

& i spat out family

like busted teeth

but i then dropped 

at twice the speed of gravity

hit the ground 

with a resounding

what next?

strange how

i picked myself up

& as far as i got

was only 5’11




was born 

in an attempt

to free myself 

from the entanglement

of an open bloody wound

to separate being

into yours & mine

trembling just enough

to inform my body parts

that i’d arrived

while clinging 

to whatever was near at hand

& doing everything I could

for the first time –

i filled birth to the brim

then spent the next sixth months

between warm expectation

& uncertainty 

taking life upon myself

while being little understood -

in case i remembered none of this

i meticulously took notes



i don’t believe in ghosts

& even if i did

i wouldn’t believe in your ghost

as it

flits between rooms

up & down corridors

wails & moans

from afar 

& up close

the scenes you make

are never less than permanent

no wispiness

no see-through

so this is no ghost

& this is not you

what i’m seeing is not there

& even if it was

that wouldn’t justify

it being here