Her skin is like a morning maple,
painted by the day’s first sun.
Her eyes are cradled in the ocean’s centre,
blue as twilight’s water.
Her laughter is faint but glorious as
a baby rabbit.
And she needs me through the night, beside
me like a thirsty flower.
She is old, a soul of many gatherings.
She is a dancing swallow, a strong and steady creation.
Like her father, she is made of nameless folds,
full of terrible and tender mysteries.
On a November night she was born,
altering the Earth’s air with her first cry.
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Poetry Quarterly Spring 2015”, June 2015
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