What I Shine For
Smile like a caterpillar
curled in the light
and then plucked into bird food
by an unforeseen flight.
Smile under siege
for all the dreams owned and lost
and re-owned as an unrelinguishable part.
Smile and deal with what is crushed
and with what is not
but instead has sprouted a
bold beginning – a tree of strange scent.
Smile but never let it fully out
because the days spin weary
and the white has faded from the walls.
Smile, confined like a pearl where
it is set.
Smile and accept yourself
from this thin translucent
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Tuck Magazine” September 2015
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