sweat drips into the mouth like sunshine
and the dry clay cliffs
crumble, fracturing the fox’s foot.
The lake’s moaning waves repeat with swollen voices.
Children hang shapes on windows, understanding
the transcendence of imagination.
Long ago there was a shadow that turned into form.
Under some bones a prodigy was born – growing
grass in a stone, making bread from a smile.
She watched the circles and placed her body there,
inside the motion, though her mind traveled
without geometry. Just believe it, she said,
and all the world became a lovely dream.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Sonder Magazine” June 2015
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