We Ask For Light
We ask for light
for the given truth tied to your name.
We ask to break this putrid smog
and allow a breeze to flow.
We ask for forgiveness from the things
we see and do and what we cannot see
but know are in us.
We ask for help when all the help we have been given
is not enough.
We ask for hope, to gain a tangible velocity away
from this stifling mire.
We ask for your tenderness, to peel the hardened layers,
unblock our view, our way through, to blow
this atrophied cocoon.
We ask, though we cannot offer more
than our asking, not more than our supplication.
We ask with all we held onto, dropped –
stranded, unclothed and absolutely knowing we are
welded to your mercy.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “Profiles in Poetry Literary Zine” November 2015
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