The Invasion by John Grey


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Repeated through the neighborhood,

the perfect invasion,

into the depths of an aching sigh

or the slit between thoughts

like “and what…and yet . . .”

weighing in at one billionth of a milligram

and in a nanosecond,

organism's birth

attaches to a host

in bed,

behind some membrane,

invisible soldiers

from another world,

a trillion times smaller

than a blink

and more powerful

than the fiery burst

of a comet’s tail –

in the brief phase of its spreading

throughout your body,

you will go about your dreams

as usual.

JOHN GREY is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review and Qwerty with work upcoming in West Trade Review, Willard and Maple, and Connecticut River Review.