Stripped of temper
and the tossing blue.
The sky weighs on me like a globe.
Beginning in the curve of my tongue, I hide
my sorrow like an eel.
I dive past daybreak
into the ditch of midnight.
Guilt is my patched umbrella.
I am only a few feet from home –
a penny in my pocket, a chain
I cannot lose. I want to learn
of pastures where the dying are saved
by prayer, where each captive beast
is released and love is not compared.
Reptiles in the morning clouds.
A snake around a leaf.
I hope to build a boat for patience.
Clinging to a fragment of a tree
I count each schoolless fish,
and tilt against the tide.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Smashed Cake Review” Issue 1 (Sidereal Journal)
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