So hard & regal
are the cry of your creations.
A sadness that moves
to be opened:
in the distance
love, your roots
have no end. They burrow
with a strength no god
to the foreign dancer:
shrewd as passion,
as the sea.
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “ArtVilla” July 2017
First published in “Mother of Thyme”, 1992
Published in “The Amethyst Review, Volume 1, Number 2” Summer 1993
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