Hands, tucked under head,
supporting the weight of so much
Stomach, a flat curve,
bones and muscles perfectly
Sleeping, no one would know
his timeless howl, his long
wait in grief’s unrelenting realm,
his requiem fire, or spirit
that outdoes the marvel
Quiet, he finds
no peace on the pavement of this town,
he holds solitude sacred and feels
each soul’s whisper as an unnursable cry.
He breaks all habit with his horn
of piercing mercy.
He, so still, even birds
hold their song to watch
his placid breathing.
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Novelmasters” November 2016
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