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John Grey

John Grey Australian born poet, playwright, musician.  U.S. resident since late seventies.  Married to Gale, no children.  Collects music, movies, books and the very early copies of Mad Magazine.

HIS ONE AND ONLY SHOT

Under orders
to shoot the sparrows
in the barn—

pointing up at beam,
iron tongs, ropes,
with BB gun—

trembling—

one shot,
birds scatter,
boy’s showered
with dust and web and hay—

sparrows
in their wholeness
gather in the eaves—

boy’s a mess,
like an extra
in a Stooge’s short,
gun at side,
the only broken wing
hereabouts—

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