Good Characters but Nowhere by John Grey

Great portions

of life are gone forever.

growl  grunt,
gruesome beats

guarded, deliberate

from guillotines
to dodo birds

to guts wrapped round my ribcage,

hard crusts from hearts,
hard disks of  head;
hard floor,   uncomfortable bunks,
hard going, blood-chilling effort behind

needed an extra incentive

sold off
this lump
of bone-weary flesh

rolled over
on top of you

saw my neighbor

he says, it wasn’t so bad

laugh,

he shows me what he wrote
he slices his cheek with a knife.

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.  

 

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