John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books include “Leaves On Pages,” “Memory Outside The Head,” and “Guest Of Myself” – available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline, and International Poetry Review.


Trigger Warning

Small towns lose contact with the highway.
Half a mile to nowhere
becomes the road less traveled
and gas stations stare blankly at the weeds.

Each building in town
shrugs its shoulders
and cracks back on old clapboard
with a fumbling yawn.

Everything would be a going out of business sale sign.

Except the sign-maker went out of business.

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