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John Grey: Scaling the Wall

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

SCALING THE WALL

 

by John Grey

 

It’s crawling vertically,

and side to side.

 

The thing is

just below

your wide-open window,

about to scutter up

onto your sill.

 

It could be

a vampire

or maybe just

some kind

of venomous arachnid.

 

You could die

a slow death

or a quick one,

passionately sucked of all blood

or terrifyingly

paralyzed in a heartbeat.

 

It’s all your mother’s fault.

She only ever warned you

about married men.

 

 

 

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.



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 2022