Dried Heroism – A Poem by Allison Grayhurst

A Man Seated in a Lofty Room – Rembrandt

Submitted by Allison Grayhurst

The void comes and contains me.
Who picks the last straw
fated to carry the dynamite?
On shore, near a fern tree
I saw an umbrella break
and a worm exposed to the wind’s wet fury.

How I long for more than a nickel’s worth
of comfort in my shoes,
for a spoonful of light in my mouth,
to kiss its translucency and praise midnight

Shame is not my therapy, but fading
fragile as sanity often is,
wanting a sign from God but finding
cars recklessly racing over speed bumps, rainwater
flooding in mid-winter and an empty stomach.

How to dance on this floor of dread, learn
to feed my horses washed seaweed
when all the grass is dead

How to see my future as more
than a tiny creature scurrying helplessly
in the folds of an infant’s hand.

About the Poet

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Five times nominated for “Best of the Net”, 2015/2017/2018, she has over 1200 poems published in over 475 international journals and anthologies. She has 21 published books of poetry, six collections and six chapbooks. She lives in Toronto with her family. She is a vegan. She also sculpts, working with clay. More information can be found here.

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