A NEW LIFE
by John Grey
Deep in the woods is a clutch of graves
and the man who killed them and buried the
now dwells in a metropolis two hundred miles to
where he lives with his dear, dear wife.
He seems right in the head now he shares an
and sleeps far from the scene of all that
butchery and digging,
and the cottage, now burned to the ground,
along with every bloodstain.
He keeps the two separate— the second floor
flat, the undiscovered crime scene,
the wife that he loves and the strangers who
just happened to be there.
Two worlds— one that puts food on his table,
warmth in his bed,
the other where every human tic was cause for
Deep in the woods, the shadows never lift.
In the city, sun’s reliable, breaks through
All he needed was love to emerge fully from the
No more stabbing the irate neighbor or the
No slaughtering the obese woman or the girl
with the stammer.
No beheading the man who looked at him oddly.
He and his wife live happily and solitarily.
Other people can safely go on with being human.
John Grey is an Australian
poet, U.S. resident, recently published in Penumbra, Poetry Salzburg
Review, and Hollins Critic. Latest books, Leaves on Pages
and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Lana
Turner and International Poetry Review.
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.