Faltering in this season
on the hook like a sandpiper
never sure when the mountain stops
or if my sedentary position
is really a bird in my hand
or a dream I cannot force.
Where I crawl from ignorance
and dry despair, my mouth is finished
with kissing, finished with speaking
its voice of obscure ecstasy.
Because it is finished, it is night
and my plight is solitude.
I have lost my home
and clothes of wild colours.
I have lost and cannot gain
a chance to govern the crowd within.
My foliage is painted. My sun is slaughtered,
but still so much heat remains.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Clockwise Cat, Issue 31, Clockcat Orange Spring/Summer 2015”, June 2015
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