Against Gravity

Against Gravity



He sings because he is song,

essence-song –

potent life, potent death forever.

He dreams salubrious dreams,

fatter at the core and needle-hard all around.

He lost the need for enchantment

and exhibition. The inveterate intensity

within him is mastered, absorbed into his every cell.

It is not that he is better, only more genuine

in his connection, metaphors advancing,

infiltrating his pulse.


He knows because he is wild, dangerously free.

Break him with poverty and he will break every rule.

He will burst into flight, dancing against gravity,

against a blood-moon.

Tin-foil wrap him into a put-upon routine

and he will make music from the crackling –

laid out flat, pressed down,

he will transform his form, rising

whole in an inspired reverie.




Copyright © 2023 by Allison Grayhurst

“The poems included in Allison Grayhurst’s poetry collection Running, lightwave riding reveal an impressive artistic perfection and creative energy. The poems are full of lyrical force and show freshness of style. No doubt, this is a significant work. The poems have great power of observation and originality of imagination,” Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal publisher



First published in “Literary Revelations” March 2023



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