This Place, running
Altered by the taking flood,
taking my wound to its midnight pressure,
excavating the dormant lie I’ve traced across
the pattern of my life.
This sinking red secret
that pins me to the world will go
if I trust there to be a doorway where a wall is standing.
If I release the vault of hopes mangled
then forsaken and bind myself to heaven,
then this poison will drain from my veins, the
insurmountable rock will be my waterslide
and the crack on my shore will bring forth a
different land of glorious senses.
I dig. The lid has shifted. The dry pond is moistening,
soon to be a place of movement.
The world is what it is, never to know
the waking heart of mercy.
But we are not thieves, nor are we to be the
minstrels of poverty, torn apart in the oceans,
clouded by the shows of unGodly charity
and well rehearsed praise.
We are to be the house, sacred to enter –
the winternight’s window left ajar.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Wilderness House Literary Review”
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