Kneel Beside Love
If ever you kneel beside love
strip yourself in the midnight cold
and your heart expands
like ice on heat
feels the flood
the zealous delight
in moments too marvelous for words . . .
beside each other
faces are made real
leaving no trace of murder
What you feel
in this pulsing spring
daring such joy
no illness could alter
What you feel
as you join skin and souls . . .
Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst
Joshua’s Shoulder was published in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.
Published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017
First published in “The Plowman: A Journal of International Poetry” 1989
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