It calls from the depths of tomorrow
like a drought that cracks
the once-dependable earth.
It lives out there, drives
the nine-to-fivers from their beds
to rush the highways and miss
It has found my hearth
and meets my faith head on.
In hunger, in the bandage of rising debt,
and in once again dipping my toes over this
treacherous edge, it will not let
me go. It drills its home into my belly
like a fatted worm, and year after year my prayers
cannot wound its faceless pulse.
It has become familiar though I promise
to feed it no more. It is my blindness,
though to all other eyes it is a blessing
that should drive me to conform.
I know it when I sleep and rise, but
I also know the tale of the lilies in the field, and
I believe in heaven.
Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” May 2017
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