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when it comes round-Poem by Meg Baird
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Infested-Poem by John Grey
Living With the Dead-Poem by John Grey
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

INFESTED

 

by John Grey

 

 

As they drenched my head in cockroaches,

the insects scattered down my cheeks, my shoulders,

inside my shirt, down and then up my pants’ legs.

I remember that feeling even now, as I lie in bed with you.

That’s not sweat bubbling from all points in my body.

It’s memory that not even your gentle touch can fool.

For your fingers scamper around my thigh.

Your tongue sprints across my lips.

And there in your eyes, I see brown carapace,

while your hair trickles my brow like feelers.

 

So I am sorry if I roll away,

if I reach for the spray can, stain the sheet between us.

For, when I was young, some kids played a diabolical trick on me.

And yes, I expected love to be a singular event.

But it comes on to me in such numbers.

 

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One, and Columbia Review, with work upcoming in Leading EdgePoetry East, and Midwest Quarterly.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018