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Wednesday, August 22, 2007


by John Grey

Had it been a president,
it might have made page one.
A governor, at least,
would have had his name
spelled correctly.
But fifty men
suffocated in the back of a truck,
not a passport between them,
must lump together as one
smelly, sweltering corpse
to fit the column inches.
The last line states,
the driver was arrested.
But it says nowhere
how the country got away.

John Grey's latest book is What Else Is There from Main Street Rag. He has been published recently in Agni, Worcester Review, South Carolina Review, and The Journal Of The American Medical Association.