For A Lifetime

Allison Grayhurst


For a Lifetime



              He outsizes the mountains

in his grandeur and inward

reaching, his alleluia and amen are

uncorrupted. He is beside me

as I ready for sleep, and puts

his hand on my leg. Light like laughter, he curls

his fingers around my steady thigh.

              We kiss and talk as if no tomorrow

awaited us, as if tomorrow’s duty we are

chained to keep could not rule to condemn

us empty.

              Tonight, trusting each other’s love,

he is beside me like a dolphin against a wave.

              And safe I breathe and safe I dream, safe

beside his need and

strengthening kindness.



Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst





First published in “New Mystics” April 2017



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