Though I am laden with the weight
of preparation and the physical pull
of this marveling change, I feel
your kindness like cool weather
cradle me within this cloud.
I am grateful for you and your
untiring compassion – the way we breathe
as one and plant our tears in the same dark
alley. Though it is hard for me to
harvest my love, the wood burns bright
beneath my exhausted frame.
I look at you and know I am not lost
from the blue skies of glory.
I know your love is tremendous – you are the one
who keeps me standing, drills for me a passage
out of this thorny undertow and shows me
the beauty of today, here
in my hands.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Wildflower Muse”, July 2017
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