Happy Summer Coming
Days of blessings –
my happy family,
a home to lay my pillow in,
a future to work toward
and a spectrum-wide love
that makes all the difficulties
hop the train and head for another town.
Finally a lifting that has taken so long,
an ease permeating floorboards, rising
to level with my nose.
Finally a breaking away from survival’s
clamped umbilical cord and a dignity
rushing in to overwrite the hardships.
Days of being satisfied, of no-more-gasping.
Days to let the arms hang relaxed
and give thanks again
for seeing us through.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “The Peregrine Muse” July 2017
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