Literary Orphans

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by Allison Grayhurst

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The gift of all this crumbles

with a single out-of-sync happening.

Geraniums are frosting over

and the high grass is yellowing.

Yesterday was a cat in symmetrical slumber,

pictures stood straight and warmth was

gathering like a sweet wind over the neighbourhood.

Does this mean it is my mind? like an insect living

one season, sees only that season, dies before winter,

content to have made it so long? Does this mean the puddle

I jump in, wade in, determine in

is only a pail of water, nothing beside the ocean?

When the puddle is stirred from its stillness or becomes a bath

for snakes or dries up from too much sun – it is still the puddle

and will replenish again as all puddles do in the rain, maybe

in the early evening just before the lion comes

to take a long, relaxed drink.

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Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 390 poems published international journals and anthologies. She has eleven published books of poetry and four collections, as well as six chapbooks. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com

Allison Grayhurst

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–Art by Marina Ćorić