For This Colour
A shadow passes
like steam from a mug.
The everyday blindness
of being alive, I wear like a bow
in my hair.
Into my hand a snowflake falls,
repeating patterns of intricate beauty.
Too many times I heard the words
without being changed – for a minute moved into rapture
and then turning back from where I came.
Too many hours I ran the same track,
torn from my sleep like an infant torn from
its mother’s breast.
Thunder beats against my eardrums,
the rope falls from the gravel edge.
This shape is the food that lamps my tower,
as the sigh of the sea lies contained
in my daughter’s eyes.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Creativity Webzine, Volume 1, Number 10” October 2015
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