John Grey


As a young man,
he practiced nine to five.
He sweated half a body weight away
to make hard work look easy.

On a cramped stage,
in a smoky club,
those early hours
found retribution
in the late, late ones.

When it was three things –
women, drugs and music –
he was pulled three useless ways.
But when it was one,
you should have heard him honing.

Copyright © John Grey 2018

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Nebo, Euphony and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly.


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