A Matter of Risk
I have believed more in the magic of the stars
than in God’s miraculous hand.
I have buried my head in the inevitable pattern,
crossed channels with the whisperings of the devil
and put my money on the line.
Now I still sway, maiming my faith with fear.
I reach for the roots, then tug a leaf.
I stand tiptoe to see beyond the barrier of fate
and am left with the wall and difficult breathing.
I call out to be released consciously
from this dog-pit struggle.
I look beyond the future
into the circle.
I cry out
then open my eyes.
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
.First published in “Cavalcade of Stars” March 2016 under the title “A Matter of Faith”
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