than this place
where the town is burning
and the people
are stepping over their best friend to find escape.
More than this goulash of undirected intensities,
boiling hard without a lid.
More than self-preservation at any cost,
than this toxic avoidance of any
More than love left to die – discarded
into a burial heap.
More than a wild disease, spinning
triumphantly, hot and lethal, pouring over an already
More than faces
with no yearning for connection
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Green King Poems and Poetry Zine” November 2015
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