Sunset In A River Town

by John Grey


Orange light spills

where cliff walls tower,

as day drifts down

to sky’s edge.


A branch trembles,

bows to the wind,

that unseen wake,

that unknown meaning,

beyond the fluttering reassurance

of the tender daytime air.


Cottages and roads become fragments

but, with bulb light,

make themselves matter

in this backwater,

couched by a forest

that both haunts and comforts.


In the small town,

a beggar pockets a day’s worth of change,

his soliloquies answered.

The church spire rises above pine-tops.

The full moon gains strength 

while bodies tire.

A long day that stretched from the dock

to the fishing banks to the stores and the diner

now shrinks to nothing more

than a roost.


In the evening,

shadow spreads on waters

that ripple into nothingness.

The last dragonfly disappears

through a crack in the hour.


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Writers Bio

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.   


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