A Visit from Carl by John Grey

His cheeks are shrunken,

skin is yellow

like paper left out

too long in the sun.


Flies buzz about his head

but, to him, they’re no distraction.


He’s someone you once knew

but not in this current state,

not when the veneer of life’s

been scraped away

and death is naked underneath.


His eyes are now older than the life he lived.

Yet they can still find you in the dark.

John Grey

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Rathalla Review. Latest books, Covert, Memory Outside the Head, and Guest of Myself are available through reputable retailers. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and Open Ceilings.

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