With the woods and the sea and
the children that light the path
what need we of words? What
antidote could we stomach
to join our hearts as they
rock side by side?
In this used-up city
of hot suffering and plucked bones,
where do we announce our vanished
devotion, to whom can we cry the
loss of moonlight and hope?
We sleep without the warm touch
of need. We sleep like mountains,
onto our own.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Inscribed Museum Literary Zine” November 2015
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