John Grey

ON MY OWN

you have to be a liar
to join the liars’ club

and a thief to be admitted
into the den of thieves

except you can’t lie
and say you stole something

when you really didn’t;
that would get you banned

from both organizations;
gluttons only are welcomed

onto the gluttony ranch
and if you haven’t murdered somebody

forget about applying
to murderer’s row;

what you do gets you into places
frequented by those who’ve

already done the same;
big shots join

the big shot gallery,
the lazy stake their claim

to a chaise lounge
on lazy man’s beach;

your own kind is
always willing to

take you on as a member;
that’s why you’re

always with somebody,
that’s why I’m stuck here

on my own.

Copyright © John Grey 2017

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Tau, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Naugatuck River Review, Examined Life Journal and Midwest Quarterly.

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