When That Day
The joy will come when these chains
are loosened, are finally
crushed by a blow from an axe
on a concrete floor, flattened,
nothing but metal, to step over, sweep up
and carefully remove.
The joy of that day, when relieved from the weight,
from the sharp-edged gravel in our gloves
and from the ever-tightening twist in our loins.
The joy when we sign out, shake this water
from our lungs, stand without tipping,
when we can look at each other,
know we are on the other side now –
death, illness and poverty
have not separated us, have not set fire to our love,
but instead, have merged us, all things
natural and unnatural, merged
our broken hearts, so, though broken,
they could keep rhythm. So on this day when joy arrives
to relieve, we will walk uplifted
down this path of sweet salvation
holding hands, holding and never afraid
(that one or the other) will let go.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Indie Poet Indeed” October 2015
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Reviews of ‘Pushing Through the Jelly Fire’:
“This, (Pushing Through the Jelly Fire) is my second favorite book of poetry by Allison Grayhurst. I have it in paperback. I read a lot of poetry across a lot of blogs but Grayhurst’s work stands above the crowd and is of tremendous quality. I highly recommend this and The River is Blind. Her quality of writing is of a high standard and never ceases to lift my spirits as I turn pages in paperback or kindle,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.
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