Dreaming into the Distance

Two poems
by John Grey
Eva, when the owl hoots
from your bedroom sill,
oblivion follows.
Sleep deep into the truth
of ancient legends,
dark hoots of raptors.
Pass softly into forests of the night
where boughs of trees
sprout many owls like fruit.
Their chorus fills with moonlight.
They bear you up with
round black eyes.
Your body is a rotted trunk
into which the earth rips
with wet, metallic fingers.
But for years yet, a faraway bird
lifts its eyelids, opens its beak,
whoops the distance you’ve become.
I’ve acquired the night, its wretched star-dust,
far off and burning brittle and gaudy.
The Greek invented love. It’s been taken
to extremes but the heart didn’t hold.
What was fusion is now fission.
And curious marks in the wallpaper.
I lie here, weary in my death,
tired of waiting to meet the dawn.
Like the coffee I sip, I am nothing more
than where I am, bitter and alone.
Drunk on solitude, and those firework ashes
in the sky, this is the golden age of bronze.
To others now, your hands are offered, pointed,
to where your children and their future have a place.
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Big Muddy and Sanskrit with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Owen Wister Review and Louisiana Literature.

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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