Someday, in a room maybe,
the absolutely right woman for you.
Recognition will leap from the heart
to the head and back again.
You will promise yourself,
my companion for the rest of my days.”
I’m only telling you this
because I know, from experience,
that woman will be gone from your life
before you even get to exchange a smile,
Someone, for whom she’s maybe
third or fourth best choice,
will marry and settle down with her.
Dreams are a first rate cover
for a second rate reality.
Their fires are ashes elsewhere.
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Gargoyle and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.