Under the limp tree
he sits, curing himself
of the bawling rains &
He inhabits heartbreak
& hunger as a primitive,
that does not measure with
The cloud’s configuration alters him
like a new philosophy.
He thinks of the cosmos
like a bird, who plays its part
under the yawning cover.
a grain of sand.
Life itself – enough
He holds hands with
the outlawed beasts, bearing
the world as though it was nothing
but a small, small
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “oasis” , 1996
Published in “Pennine Platform”, 1997
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