I am in my apartment on Eridarius

when I hear the news –

war has broken out back home.

The updates coming through

are fitful and discouraging.

Nations are bombing each other

to distraction.

Finally, there’s a clarification.

It’s not my Earth

where the hostilities have broken out.

It’s Earth 5 in a whole other galaxy.

Earth is calm.

Earth is at peace.

It’s Earth 5 that’s like

the Earth I remember.

About the Author: John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest book, “Leaves On Pages” is available through Amazon.

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