Nightly Stroll by John Grey

Walking with you on the dark street,

between tenement rows,

tall and dark and sinister,

abandoned to the dream of fire,

the reality of rats,

when something,

human or beast,

half seen in shadow,

darts into an alley ahead—

is he waiting for us?

is he afraid of us?

we stop momentarily—

should we keep going?

should we turn on our heels and retreat?

how odd that I should ask myself this

when I step out with the devil.

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published or upcoming in The Lyric, Vallum the science fiction anthology, The Kennedy Curse, Bryant Literary Magazine, Natural Bridge, Southern California Review and the Oyez Review.