They told me of
a Secret colour.
I crossed the ancient hills,
I bound my foot on heaven’s shore,
bewildered at the seas.
I went down with jealousy’s riddled truths.
I saw what I could not do,
could not cure
my envious heart.
But if I was like unfailed purity
with eyes like a child in
the rising morn . . .
And if I was translating prayers,
the aspiring dreamers . . .
then the milk of my muse
I would be gargling
and bid for wanting
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Indie Poets Indeed” November 2015
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