Shell of a Serpent
These are great things,
with your mounting neglect.
They are things cast out
of the “beautiful”, that
dig into polar ice and
fossilize there; numb,
And though you feel superior,
inhuman, hovering above
like the moon, with your face carved
in one constant expression, you yourself
will not give light to the
lonely, will not illuminate
for the sake of another’s need.
Your own pain – cunning, hunting – is
a tentacle that quivers cold-blooded
for pity’s gullible caress.
You distance your heart from the humble dancers.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Writer’s Quarterly”
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