I Know That


I Know That


              I know that faith

ebbs and flows, sometimes

larger, then hardly there

at all.

              I know my faith

is often all I own,

though barely visible,

crushed under

the world’s forearm.

              I know to sing and that singing

can be freedom no matter

the crack and heel.

              I know to love

for love is what remains

when nothing else renews.

              I know to pray like breathing.

              I know there is forgiveness

for what I fail to do,

and mercy is there for me to receive

like water.



Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “The Write Room”



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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.



4 responses to “I Know That

  1. namelessneed – N.FT.Myers/Port Townsend/East Lansing – Hurried home from the all night govt factory job to finally "let go" into my Real job making up stuff for attention . Love the books,the films,the music. trying to get regular daring to spill some.
    namelessneed says:

    A fine good friday posting/ God bless

  2. renokingswordsnpoetry – Dallas, Texas – Hello! My name is Reno King Lawrence. I love poetry, art, photography, music, and more music!! Welcome to my blog! It is here where I share my poetry, some photography, and perhaps a project or two I deem worthy of sharing.   -- My world view holds that the universe and all that is in it, has a designer; The divinity of such a spirit was here before all, and is all. I am humbled that I have awareness to experience this miracle, that I am sought after with intense love, and because of that "Love" I am able to confidently seek back in order to comprehend the length, width, height, and depth of this love. This lens I see the world through brings to visibility a trove of perspective - a dimension of priceless visual insights, intuitions, not yet suited to words, which greatly move and inspire me to piece and puzzle together expressions of words and poetry. I feel extremely grateful to be an instrument of rendering, bringing to these pages all that I see. In addition to my poetry, and photography, I have played harmonica since I was 13. I have had opportunities to play in blues bands with amazing musicians here in Dallas. I also draw on a rare occasion and may dabble with paints. I am a native Californian, born in Los Angeles and raised in the burbs of the San Gabriel Valley. I spent 3-years in the Pacific Northwest (Olympia/Lacey, WA) in 1978-81, and have taken a residence in Dallas, Tx. since 2006. I have been in printing for over 25 years, currently working for a U.S owned International commercial & specialty retail packaging company, Dallas division, as the Senior Manufacturing Planner.   Some words that best describe me: spiritual, grateful, introspective, philosophical, artistic, intuitive, analytical, sensitive, vulnerable, courageous, articulate, humorous, soulful, creative, goofy, awkward, much to say, friendly, continually improving, my Myers Briggs type is INFP.
    renokingswordsnpoetry says:

    I am really digging the soul and feel of this, I get it! great expression!

  3. What a wonderful prayer to read on Easter morning! No matter what faith tradition anyone might follow. The two poems I’ve read today, Allison, are as clear and fresh as water tumbling over stones out of the San Juan Mountains. Achieving that clarity is as difficult as any other task a writer might take during that lifetime. It is not a necessary component of poetry. The puzzles spun out by Jim Heinz, ExtraSimilie, have their place in the body of poetry as do more complex poems that are not as challenging as those done by Jim. You are a true poet. These two poems are worth celebrating, although the truth is that much of what you write is worth celebrating.

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