Truth Givers


Truth Givers


They are in the hospitals

They are under the eucalyptus trees

They are in the anniversary cakes

They are in the stone-hedged mansions

gossiping on the latest idea

to muse over with their delicate, pale hands.

At the end of heaven’s domain

they celebrate entrance into the market place

where they arrive with their wings,

proud and evasive.

Too large to drown

in the gloomy crowded faces,

so they soar between the sheep herd


in that superior altitude.

The wind fingers them with its wet tongue.

Unharmed, they rock

over the body of the weeping sky,

searching for something beyond

conclusions or ecstasy.


The artists tilt, shipwrecked next to them:

Locked on horizons of unresolved beauty.

Some days their eyes close and the flute touches the pen

with explosive unity, with ancient embrace.

As far apart as the ghost and the angel, they edge inside

the artist’s heart, just to feel

the skinless souls

of love makers.



Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst




Published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017


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“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

 “Allison Grayhurst’s Common Dream is a massive book by a talented and enthusiastic young writer, with a feel for descriptive, meaningful verse. Philosophical and very deep,” Paul Rance, editor of Eastern Rainbow, U.K.,  spring 1993.

 “Her poems read like the journal entries of a mystic – perhaps that what they are. They are abstract and vivid, like a dreamy manifestation of soul. This is the best way, in prose, one can describe the music which is … the poetry of Allison Grayhurst,” Blaise Wigglesworth Oh! Magazine

“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.”  Next Exit



One response to “Truth Givers

  1. Heather Whitley Gibson – Middletown, Ohio – Heather Whitley Gibson, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, grew up in upstate New York. She has been writing poetry, and creating artwork all of her life. She did her undergraduate, and graduate work in Fine Arts and Art History with a strong emphasis in poetry and philosophy. Heather founded two of the top progressive art galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio which continue to have a solid influence on the art scene. She still promotes the Ohio Arts, and continues to exhibit her art, as well as writing poetry and song lyrics daily.
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