reaching my lips, filling my mouth
I am chased and must
drink to survive, to gain a flow
that does not fit amongst all this normalcy.
It plops like an explosive on my lap
and won’t allow me to forget or regret
its pull and command.
Like a ripe peach to the parched throat, it slides down
and radiates relief to all sections of my spine.
It owns me as does the rhythm of my pulse.
It keeps me apart yet binds me as one.
It is my surrender, my glad awakening. It is my freak show,
my unhappy necessity:
I bite, I swallow
and then I am brave
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “VerseWrights” June 2015
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