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John Grey: Dead Work

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Art by Sophia Wiseman-Rose 2024

DEAD WORK

 

by John Grey


It's exhausting
but it's the dead's job
Walk around
when your legs are rotting.
Touch
when hands crumble
at the merest contact.
The dead are under orders.
Exit coffins. Burst through earth.
Wander neighborhoods after midnight.
Enter houses, bedrooms.
No one alive can be relied upon
for vigilante justice
So shriek though

your tongue's worm-riddled.
Flap and flail at the risk
of losing the other arm.
Press your decomposing cheeks
hard against the face of
the one who did this to you
until they die of fright.
Remember,
revenge is a dish
best served dead.

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident, recently published in New World Writing, California Quarterly, and Lost Pilots. Latest books, Between Two Fires, Covert, and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Isotrope Literary Journal, Seventh Quarry, La Presa, and Doubly Mad.

Sophia Wiseman-Rose (aka Sr. Sophia Rose) is a Paramedic and an Anglican novice Franciscan nun, in the UK.  Both careers have given Sophia a great deal of exposure to the extremes in life and have provided great inspiration for her.  

 She has travelled to many countries, on medical missions and for modelling (many years ago), but has spent most of her life between the USA and the UK. She is currently residing in a rural Franciscan community and will soon be moving to London to be with a community there.  

 In addition, Sophia had a few poems and short stories in editions of Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine

The majority of her artwork can be found on her website.

 

https://www.artstation.com/sophiaw-r6

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024