We sorrowed far when the sky tore,
but moments of union bent us
to glimpse a lavish paradise, yielding
to our bodies stripped of speech,
becoming portals to the ever-now,
our aggression was holy as we hunted for sacred acquittal.
Evolution, we often think of being what we are –
counsellors to elevate the potency of each other’s dread.
Talk is a hood, a roughly-strewn path to our tortoise-tread.
Touch is precision, absent of air, rattling staircases, galactic
in its suction of sand and hair and pores
that voice complaints and monetary aches,
tethered to this cruel house.
We live inside the march, ruined by darkness.
On this Earth, we have one pasture. Churches will not do for us
what they do for others. We have outgrown
our guilt, our last names and the bitter sword.
Our colours are common only to us, thickened
by our mischief-tar and unspoken humour. Ours is hushed
and chasing, dripping with moods, unreflected
in the polished jewellery.
On a new planet we will be remembered,
congregating among the fractured
as a shaft of gracious amalgamation.
Drenched with this mercy, we will be a light switch
that spares no memory or obligation,
brightly displaying the decayed and burning,
colliding in composite, fashioned by our fusion.
Among the first fully twined, what we are
will sprout then thrive, be immune to misinterpretation.
Dimensions we will enter as an interchange, our feet warmed
against the soil of the moon, locking calves in place,
digging and dropping, basking
on the plains of our emancipation.
Copyright 2012 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Pyrokinection”, 2013 and “Storm Cycle 2013” anthology
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