speaks this lost night,
comes the cold shadow
and takes my breath away.
Hot heart, heavy mind
mutually weary of one another.
like the low flight of birds,
like the river’s rhythm,
and the resting fish within,
like the deep shade of this fading dusk.
I follow the storm
into the wave,
I follow the sun
into the darkening sky
and enter straight into midnight.
So help me . . .
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Poetry WLU- A University Arts Journal, Volume 10”, Spring 1989
Published under the pseudonym “Jocelyn Kain” aka Allison Grayhurst
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