Though I recognize kin
in a bird’s faultless face,
the world is wheel, is cold,
master of my open heart.
And out on the streets, away
from embraces, the sun
disturbs in its strength and independence.
People grow old
before my eyes,
stirred by nothing
but further comfort.
Fire cloud above – it is
this hunger, this old faith, old
as God. This faith so clean
I may go mad, harder than love
Endless cutting down.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Jones Av.” 1994
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