A World Away
Your nights were cradled
in the boiling anguish
of knowing nothing, not
of your purpose and not
of the tide that brought
you from behind.
Your summers were jaded
by the men who beheld you
as one ripened, but luckily
robbed of suffering, and by the women
who left you, unable to withstand
your scissored breast, and spirit of
Take the gospel of your blessing
and of your balancing.
Take today what restores
yesterday’s hollow ache and cursing.
Take these days in your hands and feast
until every sour doubt dies and
you mourn their passing
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXV, Issue 4, Number 288” April 2017
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