they sing for us
but they do not know our names.
They cry for us
but will not hold us close
to let their light in,
to let the heart-of-the-lizard
They are with us
like candles on the tips of a bare tree
but they are not here
like a butterfly is
awing us with its glory
then passing and leaving all
as it once was.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 16” May 2015
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