Pale as the Eastern gulls sitting on rooftops,
he speeds over the wide country.
He hurts with uncommon intensity –
liberation balanced between his two lips.
Like the slow hum of rain, I hear him
treading the snowed-in cities, hear his kiss
like a prayer of protection, flowering.
Freedom stitched to his smile,
he crosses the sea he’s never seen before,
as he carries his guitar
like a lover’s warm hand.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Envoi”, 1996
Published in “Creative Talents Unleashed” June 2016
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