When the end that was supposed to be
defuses its eventuality
and my belly is maimed by fear,
I will wait, nose to the floor.
Sparkles on my fingers and thumbs,
a tingling caressing my spine – mercy will be mine.
For in this dark place I am still owned by the light.
The torn shirt and the broken boots are only glass
under my foot that must penetrate
before they can be nicked and thrown aside.
I cry but I will not be crushed, for I have all
who I love secure by my side.
Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016
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