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John Grey: The Tide

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Art by Bernice Holtzman İ 2022

THE TIDE

 

by John Grey

 

I’m by the ocean, on the beach,

body attentive to the sun’s last rays

but mind distracted by the idea of darkness

and its promised full moon.

 

It’s a particular kind of hunger

that nature, for all its wild beauty, cannot sate.

I can only make footprints in sand for so long

before they turn into pawprints

and the trail leads away from the beach,

to where people live in their supposed fortresses.

 

Horizon streaks with blood.

Streetlamps flicker on.

I’m little changed on the outside

but, for my innards,

there’s a seismic shift.

 

I lope more than I walk.

I growl instead of speaking.

Don't be surprised if, within the hour,

I'm at your doorstep.

It’s a different world

to what God had in mind.

Civility has gone out on the tide

and I am coming in.

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Hollins Critic. Latest books, Covert, Memory Outside the Head, and Guest of Myself are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline, and International Poetry Review.



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications İ 2022