Night freezes like wet hair to the skull,
signifies a choir of cries
dragged into the dark wind by the masses of
dying. And dying like a father eventually
dies to his child’s need for
mercy, like a mouse dies
being blindly tossed between feline
fangs, night has no miracles. Has long been
home to nocturnal insects, to open snares and
moods too heavy to comfort. Night is
noose to the broken-down pilgrim,
to the loud dancer who step
by step howls for freedom. Night is the
drunken wood of broken heroes,
the artist’s menacing koo-koo koo-koo.
And lo! to feel the mirror in the night
rise before face and eyes, condemning
with its vague outline,
the thinning form of all and every
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “CRASH a litzine”
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