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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

MOIRA WALKS HOME LATE AT NIGHT

 

by John Grey

 

 

It was late at night,

the streets were dark and empty

and she had the feeling

she was being followed.

 

Only ten more blocks

to her apartment house

but it seemed miles away.

 

She heard no footsteps,

no cough, no breathing

and, when she risked

a glance behind

there was nothing but shadow

in the shape of the buildings

she’d hurried by.

 

She knew she was being foolish.

Her imagination had created

some creature out of nothing,

and that was her mystery pursuer,

a figment, threatening, deadly,

but a figment, nothing more.

 

But then suddenly she did hear footsteps,

and a cough, and breathing.

She began to shake,

Her forward progress was more

of a sideways wobble.

“Is that you, Margaret?” said a familiar voice.

It was Mr. Benson,

the man in the apartment below.

She sighed with relief.

But also disappointment.

 

Her life was safe.

But her fantasies were on shaky ground.

 

 

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.



Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021