If I speak to you now
when the hammer has hit your throat
and your breath has become bone – lightweight, almost
fossilized, would you believe in the miracle,
would you kiss the shoulder of responsibility, eat the loaf
you were given with great gusto,
stop pushing your cart of distractions, stop
August is around the corner. And no spiritualist’s spell
nor week of Sundays will change the face of nowhere.
Letting go is always in my veins.
Letting in the emptiness
and not being afraid.
If I speak to you now,
it’s just to let you know you are forgiven,
the smoke has cleared and all my expectations have long
since died. It’s just that I feel for you.
And I need you to know
that I am not, will never be
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Now Then Manchester – Word Life, Issue 43” June 2017
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