"Male of the Species"

“Male of the Species”

Having lived one moment,
I was hooked.

From my first breath,
I couldn’t think of one thing
I’d rather be doing.

And this was before
books and ballgames.
television, snacks,
sex, love, any of that.

Light and moans
and blood and
soft applause
was all I had to go on

Someone whispered “It’s a boy.”
I took that as a yes.


John Grey is an Australian born poet, US resident since late seventies. Works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Poem, Caveat Lector, Prism International and the horror anthology, “What Fear Becomes” with work upcoming in Big Muddy, Prism International and Writer’s Journal.