Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
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In the Year 4000

by John Grey

Eaten by a bog monster,
sucked up by an Uruvian vacuum planet,
blasted by an atom neutralizer,
boiled alive in a Xyvian
thermo-nuclear swimming pool:
more possibilities that didn't exist
five Altairian years ago
and have driven up the cost
of intergalactic insurance

© 2011 John Grey

John Grey is an Australian born poet, US resident since the late seventies. He works as a financial systems analyst. Recently published in Slant, Briar Cliff Review and Albatross with work upcoming in Poem, Cider Press Review and the Evansville Review.

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