Days with little favour
(when lives shut down)
The thin warmless dome that hovers
like a spider, perfectly still,
above my head – is the world,
the cold-blooded world of lost passengers
and dreamers never able to fulfill that dream,
is the silent spinning fragile frame
of sensibility and propriety
that waxes the soul like sap spilled on a leaf,
is the astonishing disconnection of all things
so ‘together’ and workable on this platform,
is the inefficiency of a loose morality,
of a self-focused morality.
Numbness – a mouse too near the cat,
a split in jelly, never seen,
but there – a hut of chaos, a school
of dull teachers and the rat digging out
of an ordinary tunnel
or a tiger’s tongue lacerating the skin of a shoulder
just to be there
in the world, amidst all this dawdling pain,
perpetual pain, reluctant to embrace God,
and sometimes, even
the possibility of there being God,
reluctant because faith has been foiled
by abuse and hardness, forsaken
as unnecessary, left out with the trash.
Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Section 8 Magazine”, January 2017
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