Safe In You
In you, mystery is masked
by no one’s hood, has grown
away from the tyranny
of world and the gloom
of nations betrayed by
In you the inexplicable
takes a womb, a rhyme
from your sweet blood
And love, once pale and clay-like-cold,
selected you to partner my hope,
to resemble visions vacant of sentiment
and teach me to abandon
death and ill-nourished joys.
Your love wraps around like a melody
undulating out from your exceeding
intensity, it wraps,
until I surrender, unable, unwilling
Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “Asian Signature, Vol. 5, No. 1” July 2018
First published in “Bewildering Stories, Issue 716” May 2017
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