God and Manna
It was an attachment I thought I lost.
It came swooping down – talons outstretched,
fixated as a broken heart. It took me to its nest,
and I have been here ever since – hungry,
without company, anticipating the worst.
I thought by now its image would have
matured in my mind, thought I would not
be so tied to its brutal, spell-binding eyes,
that my soul was full of more than just raptor’s feathers,
that whatever happened between
would not snare my self-worth
in its smelly, precarious abode.
I was wrong. I am here in this wicker cup,
one third the size I am supposed to be.
It will come for me,
to make me food for its offspring. It will come.
I am sure I can hear the echo of its call,
coming to own me with loveless enjoyment,
coming to tear me with beak and claw,
owning my despair and glory as nothing more
than a piled-up dinner plate.
Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Tangerine Heart Poetry Zine” November 2015
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