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Year One

Dark temple veins light hands

flickering light       delivered by crows & ravens

White landscape       holiday bells

Dreadful       drastic       inelastic

Then the rasp of voices       the carpenter’s


an aunt who’s been living in her heart a long


Sad place       deserted world       giving testimony

to a small fallen apple       assigned to me by God

Gurgling & boiling       violent noises

resurrected images       each word a pebble

No prodigy       merely a valley road

imperative instincts       ripening into outcome

Petitioned & ignored       visited by sunlight

smoke & thunder       crib bondage night & day

Shame & glory       pain & pleasure

a physical vestige       to be loved unclean

About John Grey:

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in New World Writing, North Dakota Quarterly and Lost Pilots. Latest books, ”Between Two Fires”, “Covert” and  “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in California Quarterly, Seventh Quarry, La Presa and Doubly Mad.

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