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John Grey

GreyJohn Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in That, Dalhousie Review and Qwerty with work upcoming in Blueline, Chronogram and Clade Song.


In the tent
after a long day’s hike,
we stand naked and shivering.
This is not prelude to sex
but tick inspection.
We’re not caught up
in the throes of passion
but in dread at the thought
of contracting Lyme disease.
And we’re not shapes –
we’re cracks and crannies
Not sensual beings
but potential blood meals
Not baby makers
but breeding grounds
for ectoparasites.
Inspection over,
we dress up warm,
light a fire,
and, having averted her worst,
get back to nature’s best.
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