An advertising sign blares
against a backdrop of blue sky and scattered clouds,
drawing the attention of both women and men,
now suddenly convinced there is a far
superior washing powder to the one they
have been using. It’s in a box, as powerful
as the American military in the Second World War.
A grinning boy, a real boy, shining like God’s aura.
A mother with a smile so broad
like she’s just accepted
the Congressional Medal of Honor
for duties on the home front.
For just one precious moment,
in an otherwise uneventful day,
the washing comes out clean and bright
and darkens the dreams of our enemies.
About the Poet: John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Tau, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Naugatuck River Review, Examined Life Journal and Midwest Quarterly.
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