John Grey


From gray and restless sky,

snows assault is relentless.

Menacing swirls take birds

out of the sky’s equation.

Molecules of ice flail at each other,

drag me into their scuffle

No hands are beholden

to the temperature.

It’s ten degrees below blue.

A cat cries the pain of exposure.

A rabbit burrows deep

as the oncoming night.

A mouse is turned away

by a building with no cracks

in its foundation.

I can’t even think about the homeless.

Not with all this pricking, stabbing, piercing.

For the moment,

I’m the one I need

to drag in off the streets.

Yes, somewhere a fire burns for me

and there’s a woman

with a hug enough to thaw.

But for now I tread

the frozen floorboards of the weather.

Each moment deadens

my ardor for the next.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Mudfish and Spindrift with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Sanskrit and Louisiana Literature.

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