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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

GOOD LUCK TO WHOEVER FINDS MY BODY

 

by John Grey

 

 

Remembering shows no mercy

now I am on my own

and looking back dark and crimson

through the brain’s decaying thoughts,

caught up in dead conversations

with emaciated faces in a photograph,

master of a boyhood home

that’s rotting at the foundations,

sensibilities hacked to pieces

by misery’s inevitable wrecking ball,

I half-faint

into an empty chair,

unknown to anyone living,

amid echoes like the screams

of unnamed victims,

a total collapse of lifetimes

into this one I struggle to lead,

a child of the terror inflicted on me

and the horror I wreaked on others.

bolted into my own desolation,

pockmarked by blood and teardrops,

with a monster’s half-eaten profile,

in a plague-ridden dilapidated parlor,

at the pit of midnight

in the battered bawdy-house of coming death.

 

 

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in That, Dunes Review, Poetry East, and North Dakota Quarterly, with work upcoming in Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Thin Air, Dalhousie Review, and failbetter.



Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019