Rebellion innate in the seed,
at the start, acknowledging
the culpability of the
the acceptable unjust, of landing
where others crawl, and still others, soar.
I cracked, eager for righteousness
You stood beside me, never wavering
or surrendering to anxiety. Your devotion
surpassed any generosity I’ve ever known.
Where others have abandoned or made
light of the news, offering
no humanity or understanding –
you alone held my hand,
shadowed me through hospital halls,
nourishing me through my despair
and the savage aftermath of failure.
There is nothing to be gained from
that gruesome experience, but your triumphant love,
that you were there and remain here
as my refuge, an anointment of great mercy,
a lasting antidote.
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 Cyberwit.net
First published in “Vatsalaradwritingworld Magazine” May 2023
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