Nothing is wasted – not
time deposited into an illusion that
never was, not love laid out
like a sliced fruit, taken, then
spat back out – so utterly tasted and
so utterly refused.
Nothing is wasted, not women
counting the babies that once graced their arms,
now grown and gone, so rarely showing
tenderness or need –
not men who were babes, who were once able
to weep and were able to treat all with
Nothing is wasted, not years spent in ambiguity
walking hospital halls, years of blood tests
and ultrasounds, offering no cure or
Nothing is wasted – not poverty, not wealth,
not death, not grief.
Nothing is wasted if held out to God
held out, naked on a bed, under
the cracked ceiling.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” August 2015
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