With These Things
With these things absent of flame, lovers
deny the vibrant depths of twilight,
the beauty of a bucking mare in the wet grasses
of autumn and a gallery of possibilities
to shower their skins.
With these things of surface-hold, these things
cured by sleep and time that steals the shock
but never fully heals, lovers
lose the meaning of their merging, the touch
of each other’s tongue that touches
like a smooth horn and stings
with unimaginable tenderness.
With these things gone like things go that
no sorrow can express, lovers
grow weak from humiliation, grow
devoted to abstraction, armoured
by resentment, callous
as a jewel.
But with these things of horror of hatching
a new self inside a familiar world, lovers
learn to fly despite the lovers’ legends and
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in Psychopoetica, 1996
Published in “Quantum Poetry Magazine”, 2011
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