A long road I carried
then the light vanished
and I broke free, off the cliff
into this space of holding faith
with nothingness all around.
There is no world of karma and ruthless laws,
no dense shadow tugging under my underclothes,
driving me into anguish and poverty and life-taking chores.
There is only this destiny to claim
that has asked me for its hand since the beginning.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Junk in July Poetry Zine”, November 2015
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