One True Love
Creeping through the storms
of days and dreams and desperation passing
like an ant carried by the wind
out to the busy traffic.
One and two have been done before
and still there is no flame to heighten any hope.
In the distance, he runs like a dying horse
into this quenchless city. On the grave
he kneels beside, nothing is written.
The dust tells of the years without a garden
and the autumn leaves are quick to fall.
In this battle where his only weapon is ‘holding on’,
love is a salty lip and the tide that owns him,
carries no shame nor catches any shore.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” March 2015
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