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John Grey: Love with Everything

Image: Unsplash, downloaded (21.8.2021.)


Raze the house you live in

every five years.

Banish sincerity.

Abolish peace.

Do nothing to silence

the war drums.

Paint every texture

with your favorite color.

Then slash them

with a knife.

Disinter the bodies

of ancestors

and sit their crumbling corpses

in dining room chairs.

Decorate rooms

with subconscious forms.

Make love

like creating something disfigured.

Copy nature

but only the violence.

Metamorphosize often.

Tear down your new look.

Pretend the abyss

is actually infinity.

Be outdated.

Get your notions

from the past.

The Iron Age for example.

Work on a formula

that proves you

no longer exist.

Confuse nothing with something.

And love with everything.

About the Author: John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in New World Writing, Dalhousie Review and Blood And Thunder. Work upcoming in Hollins Critic, Redactions and California Quarterly.



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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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