Walk and find
the courage to continue on,
wading in the stream before you.
Walk and blend with people
who are not like you, who contain
their nightmares in a jar and hold them out only
to project on to countless others.
Walk and rise from the bloodwind,
a little to the left, a little to the right,
rise from the blinding grief of heartache,
from the dull and nameless faces surrounding
your golden aura, rise and find kindness where there was
once disconnection, rise and find appreciation
in the pockets of the sad and confused.
Walk this day
like you always do, driven by a higher calling,
affected, but not overcome, sleeping little
in this holiest of holy lands.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Now Then Manchester – Word Life, Issue 45” August 2017
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