I have watched under a
silent sky. The seasons moved
like molasses over my skin.
Not a bird came singing, but faith
was always renewed.
They say it is winter and the snow
is as beautiful as a good friend’s smile.
I think I hear the sounds of the lake, though
it is so far away.
I hunger to see my father’s ghost.
I have put on a new sweater.
The house is empty, even
the voices next door are quiet.
I can love no other,
but only stay, planted
in this frozen ground.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Inscribed Museum Literary Zine” November 2015
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