By Allison Grayhurst

Those were the distances,
the attachment of your soul to mine,
where we slept in the windy valley
with that imbecile comedian
who would play the flute
and try to emulate your profound nature.
 
The day you opened the door and I walked in,
stared at your multi-coloured paintings,
grateful to eat your wonderous gifts,
I needed you like a bandage. I needed
my cigarettes, the nights outside in alleyways
fantasying formidable adventures
to express our courage.
 
Thank you for your arms
that veiled me from the eclipse
and the strangers you brought to my side
with God brewing strong in their stomachs
 
I never did get my housecoat
or the dance in the traffic I so wanted.
They tell me you are going far,
to great planets that have no names.
 
On my bare belly,
our hands once joined.
 
You are on stage, singing,
drenched in a beautiful darkness.
 
You were my companion, lover
in the January frost.
Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems were nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2015, and one eight-part story-poem was nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2017. She has over 1150 poems published in more than 460 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published sixteen other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series. In 2015, her book No Raft – No Ocean was published by Scars Publications. More recently, her book Make the Wind was published in 2016 by Scars Publications. As well, her book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published in 2016 by Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group). She is a vegan. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com

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