By This Love
By this love
we have learned to pluck
the honest word and place
By this love
we have lived a good thing
unlike the things of dark regress.
We have robed the stick figures
of half-made breath in gold
and the scent of animals.
We have touched the minnow fish and the
primordial whale. The clouds speak to us
when lack of money hurts the gorgeous morning
and we are nightmarishly beckoned barefoot across
white ice. Then you tell me things of wild eternity
to keep my regrets from overtaking.
And how I love you
even when I am slipping headfirst
down the brownish stream.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Stare’s Nest” March 2015
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