Out From Under
a tear finally released –
a gleam, gentle as a dying flame.
Breaking slowly the crust of
dull months, the muddied fury
of being carried by the tide
and never holding the promised chalice.
A shape, a shade never seen
rising like the shadow of a walking giant
over my rooftop, down the eavestroughs
into my empty bowl.
Moonlight is slow. A body stretches
and pulses with new song.
Rosebuds are stirring from winter’s slumber.
By and by the days
are moving forward –
a drop falling through.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine – Issue 5” April 2015
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