A suburb on a gray day
and faces at windows
seem drawn with a graphite pencil –

a bedroom community
where low clouds
get the feeling exactly –

features forced into exile,
the people and the houses stay behind,
undifferentiated by the gloom –

it begins to rain
in a place where
was promised
permanent sunshine –

everyone’s disappointed –
just ask anyone.


“Laundry (Part 2)” © Nicholas Smith


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Nicholas J.J. Smith is a photographer and philosopher from Sydney, Australia.