The Medley

is a twice-a-year literary journal run by the students of Hansraj College, University of Delhi. It is a repository of stories, poems and essays sent to us from around the world since 2018.

A Successful Man

I stand before a graveyard stone and try to imagine success. You know the kind – where generals fail but privates triumph.

I repeat for the sake of the conscience grinding in my thoughts — success is cold and it's fragile, can strike against you if the ones like me don't live up to it.

You, father, imagine success in the world where no one else is buried here, a bullet in one leg, a pin in the other, a mustached soldier fifty years to the good of carrying his babies.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. His latest books, “Leaves On Pages” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon.