Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/06/22

Woman Next Door Plus Guitar

Why does the woman,
in the apartment next door,
constantly pluck on her guitar strings.

I’ve seen her loneliness
briefly in the corridor.
But I hear it,
night after night.

Oh I see lonely faces everywhere
in the city
but I am not
in earshot of their song,
not when I also am in for the night,
in company of my own darkness.

I get it.
Life is hard,
especially alone.
We all cling to our instrument.
Mine is silence.
Hers will not let silence be.

©2022 John Grey All rights reserved.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline and International Poetry Review.

1 thought on “Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/06/22”

  1. Perfect picture for this poem! And this is a good poem. I like the down to earth melancholy throughout. I can really hear the music in that third verse — it plays on in my head after reading.

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