I go to the crosswalk
and leave my bread crumbs on the other side.
I am waiting for motivation, for a clarity of purpose
that I once owned like a beautiful stone
I sunk under the St. Lawrence rapids. When I was a child,
I watched those rapids without fear,
stood close to the edge and never wondered
about the slippery underfoot,
never worried about the shadflies arriving like a plague of river insects
or about my loneliness that turned into a ghost companion
comforting me in those grey Quebec afternoons.
But here, in this riverless realm,
I cannot place my hands down. I cannot stretch wide enough
to feel whole. I go to the corner store and hear answers that only I
and the birds
Copyright © 2011 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Gloom Cupboard”, 2013
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