Welcome The Death
Welcome the death
of holding death
like a smile. For all
that dreams within,
all that spreads uncorrupted
through the veins, turns its back
on oblivion, knows faith, knows
its destination is beneath the
Welcome the changing leaves, the
frosted flowers, the vanity of being,
of feeling one Self, whole before
Welcome the body, the counted pennies,
the child’s plight and faces lost
in midnight light, eternally forgotten.
Welcome the one who stands, the one who
praises every cried-out syllable, purges
the soul of stagnant battles, hour upon hour
smells the freshness of renewal in clenched fists
and phones that never ring.
Welcome the sound of a remembered kiss
and the ghosts that grieve forever
beside each mortal heart.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in the anthology “Written In The Skin”, 1998
Published in “Creative Talents Unleashed” May 2016
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