As Far As This Light
To be at the point of breaking, always
but never torn.
A season that fills my skull, steals
embraces from my arms.
All is new like the first
like the squirrel and the centipede
witnessed for the first time
as pure presence.
Such clarity I cannot cloud with
distraction, cannot thin
the intensity of this load.
that finds me, bends me, wills
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Degenerate Literature Magazine, Issue 1, Spring 2016” March 2016
Published in “Minerva’s Housecoat Writing Forum” November 2015
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