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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

A NEW LIFE

 

by John Grey

 

Deep in the woods is a clutch of graves

and the man who killed them and buried the bodies

now dwells in a metropolis two hundred miles to the west,

where he lives with his dear, dear wife.

 

He seems right in the head now he shares an apartment,

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 dismemberment.

 

Deep in the woods, the shadows never lift.

In the city, sun’s reliable, breaks through each morning.

All he needed was love to emerge fully from the darkness.

 

No more stabbing the irate neighbor or the coughing boy.

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.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021