The Non-Banjo Player

If I had a father who was
a virtuoso on the banjo,
I’d be playing bluegrass now.

But he died
before he had a chance
to teach me anything.

So, instead, I learned
from this dark hole in my life.

Wrote poetry.
Plunkety plunk plunk plunk.



John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in That, Dalhousie Review and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in Qwerty, Chronogram and Clade Song.