most unusual strong urges must face facts -
the rain on the window falls so softly –
I see the fog creeping across the cemetery,
you fall asleep before the movie ends.
Husband and wife –
the town is grim,
we’re both bewildered by
this cry from the darkness.
like everyone else in my situation.
the bed shakes with your intensity.
Younger woman –
a far corner from my beat these days.
Older man –
but still fit enough to hoist barrels
onto the back of a truck.
The root of my trouble
is a brick house on this suburban lot.
You must face facts.
This would be a good place
if it were only a whole lot better.
All your feminine intuition can gauge.
Most unusual strong urges
mercilessly shrugged off.
Patience will feel.
Understanding may know.
Otherwise, marriage counselor, family doctor –
to feel our problem,
or to obliterate our concern.
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Poetry East and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Harpur Palate, the Hawaii Review and Visions International.