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John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon.


Trigger Warning

The treatments will be
for fifteen minutes at a time,
the doctor told her.

The radiation will penetrate
her right breast,
execute the killer cells.

Just like happens
in the county jail.
Some cold-faced murderer
is led down
a narrow corridor
to a room with a chair.
Only he gets just the one treatment.
And it’s instantaneous.

That’s what crosses her mind
as she sits in the waiting room,
trembling in a hospital dress
open at the front.

He deserves what he has coming to him.
She’s mad at herself for taking him in.

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