like a star – there but not there
at its true awakening.
I run forward.
I cover my lips with a vintage coin
and chant tomorrow out of sight.
There are times I cannot keep
such tension as I should –
as a petal in my palm, balancing my movement
with the pull of the wind
so as not to lose its texture to the ground.
There are times when the sunlight frames me,
frightens me, echoing like a victim’s misery
through these patchy walls.
I am drowsy, excluding hope but not contempt.
Will I live here, stagnant in this sickness?
What I need is a bed that does not hurt as I sleep,
that can endure my heavy days and feed me strength
from its quilt.
It is the meat of destiny I am famished for.
Reclining in my hand-made coffin,
I value the cold cold sky.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “SilverSpine Poetry Forum” November 2015
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