It is your calling,
your call to mend what has been undone.
It is your age of darkness that must move
into a renaissance, your murder of reality,
claiming a fantasy for a home,
tangible at last as this grief has been.
You are stubborn, stronger than the grave, noticing
the track has ended, but continuing just the same.
I can’t be that strong, not now with the desert thieves
of anxiety circling nearer. I can’t listen to your valour
or even hold out my hand.
But time is blind to the baggage of yesteryears.
It is always seeing for the first time,
unblemished by dues, tolls
and sometimes prayers.
Our time is what it is – a tower made of mirrors
where the dead and not-so-dead
leave a lasting impression.
It is your open season, though, for now,
I have lost my trail to follow.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Temporary Lunatic Literary Zine” November 2015
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