Pulled from the Lifeless Waters
I see the eyes that blow the day
from the dark throat.
I feel the voice of unhindered love
wash over my skin like fresh butter.
I hear the world calling with its drug dull
blurbs and I fade like colour in the sun,
exposed at my roots to the drain of muted sorrow.
Then I wake to the good journey
and the ruthless tearing away of burdening stuff
to touch a purity that pains like
a small girl’s smile or the death of someone near.
It is new again, has left me to stand on my own again
and take the challenge to my pores,
with forgiveness everlasting and the terror
of knowing so great, so generous a love.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Torrid Literature Journal, Volume XV”, July 2015
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