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John Grey: The Man in Their Midst

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Art by Sophia Wiseman-Rose 2024

THE MAN IN THEIR MIDST

 

by John Grey

 

 

He’s where he is and he’s where he is not.

At the exact moment that

he’s stroking the fur of his cat,

he’s praising his pet for the mouse

she hasn’t caught yet, that will flap

in her jaw, sometime near the witching hour.

What is now a good cup of coffee

will be a triumph of bloodlust come midnight.

And as he looks out the window

at the young woman passing by,

he foresees his eyes as hands,

her confident walk

as an unwitting stroll into terror.

Anything flying free in the morning

will flop dead on the floor of its cage.

The healthy will sicken.

The dying, die all the more.

Everyone’s out in their latest summer clothes.

Too bad the fashion around here is body bags.

 

 

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 is a Paramedic and an Episcopalian nun. Both careers have provided a great deal of exposure to the extremes in life and have provided great inspiration for her.  

 She is currently spending time with her four lovely grown children and making plans to move back to her home in the UK in the Autumn.  

 In addition, Sophia had a few poems in the last edition of Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine

 

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

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024