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John Grey: He Knows

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Art by Wayne F. Burke 2022

HE KNOWS

 

by John Grey

 

 

The vampire is aware of every virgin

tucked away in cottage beds,

or in rooms above the tavern,

fifty, at least, in the village

as if they were items on a menu,

fulsome, buxom, fair-haired and blue-eyed,

each dreaming a hopeful story

like the reading and rereading of a fairy tale,

a tale that can’t survive

the lure of an open window

to the messenger of death flying by.

 

It’s an old Transylvanian fallacy

that nighttime’s as safe as daylight

with a cross between breasts,

garlic flowers hung from walls.

But each is an Ariadne’s thread

through the maze of darkness,

a sign that here is something precious,

a damsel worthy of protection.

 

But it’s an unfinished circle,

an incomplete composition,

an aura ripe for penetration.

A man of centuries

knows the lay of the land of dreams,

the grammar of soft breathing,

the rituals of fear.

Fresh blood runs like a stream in spring

and his is the perfect passion for it.

 

 

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.



Wayne F. Burke's drawings have appeared in a number of publications, in print and online, including FLARE, Portland Review (ME). Red Savina, Duane's Poe Tree, Driftwood Magazine, Grey Sparrow, The Octopus Review, About Place Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in the central Vermont area (USA).

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022