Before I say goodbye to bitterness
and the slug that crawls across my living room floor,
let me hold my breath, holding thoughts
of the executioner’s rope
sleeping very little
Before my grave is exhumed and the daffodils planted there
are carelessly removed, let me thank my every nemesis,
the silence, the autonomy of being underground.
When I am halfway to the surface, let me keep my eyes
on the sky, never turning back to see the place
abandoned, never regretting the companions I found,
though they were roaches
and other crawly things that only stuck around
to feast on my unprotesting flesh.
As I say farewell to my six-by-six hovel
let me release the leaches that latched on
to my every side.
Let it be over with completely.
Let me rise from this pit like a child does from her bed
on Christmas morning.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “The Packington Review, Volume 8” January 2017
Published in “Green King Poems and Poetry Zine” October 2015
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