Because there is a child,

there is infinity and grace

like a grape, crushed, filling the

senses – exotic abundance.


Because there is love between lovers

the broken shelf doesn’t need replacing,

the pond can dry up and no one will lack fresh water.


Because a mother’s love has no limits,

it stretches past darkness, obstacles,

remains fierce and tender at once.

She knows herself less important than that love and

all else perishes beside its glowing depths, worthless.


Because when others fail in love, God does not,

picks up the slack – gives promise like a shield or like

a bucket full of rainwater.


Out of chaos the primitive gods were born –

divinity separated to be comprehended, grasped loosely.


Because there is one God,

because there is Jesus – hands, feet –

the threshold of freedom in eternity.


        Root yourself here. Tie the ribbon.

        The ditch is now a road.


Because of mercy and forgiveness,

mercy as forgiveness,

        we all have won.




Copyright © 2020 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Synchronized Chaos” September 2020



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