On my shoulder
I feel the weight of many years
being licked into oblivion.
I feel a new being being born
in my shoes. And in the bardo-crossing,
I have tasted the anguish
of change, have touched the
hot poker between palms.
I have cried in my confusion as love
came to clean the dirt in my hair, cut
my fears in two to swim in my belly
like tadpoles collected as a child.
The wind is in me and the apple seed sprouts
its fragile sapling. In my mind I see the world
as never before, see the wolves
as fractured, fragmented souls, sniffing
at my door. I see patterns in the air
holy as the sun. Dreams are believed into truth.
My breath has won.
.Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
.First published in “Temporary Lunatic Literary Zine” November 2015
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