Last Gesture Before Sleep
Half way up the ladder
horns with the wounded antelopes, she
to a contemplative dare.
She thinks of the worms
in her palm, the shooting star
of last night’s glory and
his lantern look, beyond
measure or magic.
She wants his skull between
her hands, his toes warmed by her
fingers, and his eyes
fixed on her belly
Jealousy and sorrow, splitting
clouds and wishes over the blank wall.
Candlelight floods the sheets.
His body like a large root lies,
almost angry from kisses.
She crawls over him,
(covering like a shell)
and drives her loneliness
into realms of unforgettable
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “oasis” , 1996
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