Did I Dream?
Did I dream the broken flesh
upon my wrist or only tell
the story I gathered from
my stay in Hell?
What meaning is contained
in the pavement stones or from
a solitary searchlight?
Do I answer what I see
or only that which bends my blood
Somehow I felt the shadows burn
and watched a butterfly rise up like a leaf
from the earth – yellow.
Sometime I was changed,
and saw the patience of God
and the over-rated bliss of power.
Do I remember the day I lost my curtains?
Yes. And I remember
that first evening star.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Yellow Chair Review, Issue 1” May 2015
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