The Last Stance by Allison Grayhurst

The fear settles on my shoulder
like a bug on an eatable leaf.
Imploding as the sun inches across the sky
from morning to twilight. From the
nadir to zenith of all my belongings
and hopes of forgiveness – I cannot swim.
I cannot stand underwater, like this,
a person attached to a puppeteer’s strings.
I hide in the cupboard. I turn on the TV
and blood leaves my veins. Countdown.
Counterclockwise the months spin,
happiness is cancelled by anxiety’s throne.

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three times nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, she has over 900 poems published in over 390 international journals. She has twelve published books of poetry, seven collections, nine chapbooks, and a chapbook pending publication. She lives in Toronto with her family. She is a vegan. She also sculpts, working with clay;

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