I Watch My Shelter Fall
I swim, revolve like a planet
through the cosmic black, around
a sun of infinite heat, bruising
space as I go with my presence.
Non-stop battle of my spirit lusting
for flight while my body’s on ground, growing
mad with the weight of habit.
I need to feel the sky splitting
from my voice, to have the courage
to construct something enduring, a love
I am full of a future unborn, full of the terror
I am leaving my heritage behind.
I am lifeless now as any
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2015
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