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John Grey: The Silence

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2023

THE SILENCE

 

by John Grey

 

The silence of a place

where people once lived

is eerie, cruel even.

 

Eerie, for how much

the creak of my foot on a stair

echoes through the rooms.

 

Cruel, for how those

who dwelled here are forgotten.

so forgotten,

it’s as if they never were.

 

And the silence of a place

where people once lived,

can also be gruesome.

 

Gruesome, for the rotting,

cobwebbed, bloated corpses

hunched around the dining table,

with scraps of a rat-nibbled long-ago meal,

on cracked china plates before them.

 

But that silence

can also be reassuring.

I can move in here.

The rent, undoubtedly, is cheap.

 

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Lost Pilots. Latest books, Between Two Fires, Covert, and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the Seventh Quarry, La Presa, and California Quarterly.

Ann Marie Rhiel was the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, and lived in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She was a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoyed photography. Her work also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

Sadly, Ann Marie passed away in January, 2023...

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023