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Prisoner on Caliente 5
by John Grey

Day after day,
survival and memory
stare each other down.
It's as important for
the lungs to breathe
as it is to have loved
so many years ago.
Both try to draft
body parts to their cause.
A mind
is mirrors with faces,
both reflection,
and the trapped view
from behind.
A heart is blood
and then time
and then blood again.
Slowly though,
there's a joining of forces.
Genevieve is the beauty
of my days remaining.
Joy is death
in party hats.

John Grey is an Australian-born poet, playwright and musician, who has lived in the U.S. since the late seventies. His work has recently appeared in Weird Tales, Tales of the Unanticipated, South Carolina Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Peregrine. John's latest chapbook is The Body's Last Days available from Yellow Bat Press.

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"Prisoner on Caliente 5" © John Grey. Used by permission of the author.
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