A kid in my class

hung himself.


His father found him,

cut him down

before the ambulance arrived.


The funeral was a quiet affair.

Only immediate family attended.


Rumor had it

he was gay

and dressed in women’s clothes.


Rumor had it

rumors were what he died of.




John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.