If You Wait…
When the man comes
he will be wearing rings of endless
symbol. He will be like a wave,
strong, flexible, seeking shore.
You will know him by his smell
and the way his voice sounds in the rain.
He will lie beside you like a childhood friend,
abandoned to breath and peace
Rich with depth and kindness,
he will cradle your head on his chest
and you will bless the wound that almost
killed, then brought you near
his familiar blood.
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Drift #82”, 1996
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“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature
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“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.” Next Exit