Lying on the Beach at Night

by John Grey

Enclosed by dark,
free in the islands
where mountains encroach,
your thoughts and mine
sail on a windless sea –

silence runs through
a delicate flame,
the birdless song 
that enfolds us,
the shadows 
that roll up and down
like waves –

lying on soft sand,
on every side,
the world deepens 
as it fades,
and the moon,
as it struggles 
to lift a veil,
merely lays down
another one.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Floyd County Moonshine. Latest books, “Covert” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and Open Ceilings.