In The Tomb
In the hollow of despair
where bitterness sways from
desperation to self-destruction
and beetles crawl across bathroom
floors on bathroom towels, fearless
as those who have faced and conquered death,
pain and fantasy consume and God
is but a word to mutter to soothe the cut-up skin.
In a night alone with the TV off and all
books read, with tomorrow inevitable as the sun
that will rise, spring blossoms that too will fall
and be crushed by the wheels of cars – pretty white
and purple stains on the pavement – sealed in my mind
like images of dead bodies in a row.
In bed, with no lover to cry to or hide inside
two devoted arms, my heart speeds like fire
through a dry forest – undresses, unveiling
its vulnerable beginnings.
And there, there is something that shifts
like incense lit or like a cat nudging the hand,
something subtle that whispers “hello”.
And my head is raised, looking
with new-born eyes at a familiar place.
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
.First published in “Indie Poets Indeed” November 2015
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