In The Day
In the morning, cured,
claimed and finally welcoming the wind.
In the early afternoon,
assembling the fragments of my faith
like the bones of a bird and then giving it the key
In the evening, close to dark,
hair-clipping all disheveled expectations,
pin-pointing a place to lay down, to rest and witness
the uneventful view.
In the night time, quietly kissing my children,
speaking of a golden tomorrow with my husband
but feeling the weight of one-more-day without.
In the bed, almost asleep, checking and re-checking
memories and failures, then unbuttoning to bathe
in the numerous blessings laid before me
this day, this year
deep in darkness
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Blind Vigil Revue”
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