what is the past tense
of-the way each breath is calculated

the pale orange of dawn
or the opening of a subway door

a busted shell
or a small room

music from a radio
or the darkness of dangerous words

eyes see
in the palpitations of a fountain
what is held down
what is merely sleeping

leading up to this

valleys struggling
for their share of sunrise
and a man squeezing through the body crush

the bite of a shark
and a need for confinement

an old song
a bitter feud

eyes take their legs for a walk:
and their lungs for an education

John Grey

About John Grey

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in The Lyric, Vallum and the science fiction anthology, “The Kennedy Curse” with work upcoming in Bryant Literary Magazine, Natural Bridge, Southern California Review and the Oyez Review.
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