the state before the beginning
when the breath is about to be released
and faith is gaining speed.
It is the morning coffee cool enough
for the first sip, and the child’s wakeful eyes.
It is the first smell of autumn and the lover’s
It is the radio at midnight when the clutching claws
of awful Fate have been unarmed and the star
you wish upon is no longer a dying light.
It is where the enemy is blessed and all unspiritual fears
are let go. It is the shattering of a pattern.
It is the peace that comes when the heart
is softened and the arms are open,
trusting the life to be.
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
.First published in “Winamop” January 2017
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