The stone drops,
settles in the sand like a beetle.
for lack of trying.
Children wait like they
to be made a priority.
The sun is swollen and breaking
on the crust of the universe.
A fairytale in a box, barely opened,
but already stronger than reality.
A last chance stored-up for
People are falling,
glass doors are ajar.
Someone is listening but no one
That stone drops,
it is made up of hard,
and the surface
is its meaning.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “B-Gina Review”, 2012
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