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John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in That, Muse, Poetry East and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Hawaii Review and the Dunes Review.


Trigger Warning

The world revolves,
sun casts the fields pink and yellow,
in small finite steps
a young boy takes on the tint.

The remains of past wars
occupy the between layers,
a tuft, a small button, another tuft –
there’s no accounting for this surface.

He puts his feet in ruts,
trips on stones,
somehow makes it to the river
without stepping on a landmine.

He’s a natural born soldier
veiled in a childhood shroud,
not a border to his name
or, at least, life and death only

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