Watchman Of The Night


Watchman Of The Night


From the horizon

he emerges

winged man

sapphire eyes

savagely unfurling his bright feathers


He cups the salt from the sea

takes it to his mouth as nourishment –

pellets to spew at the sky


Then up!

twisting with the wind

dancing in the aura of the setting sun


His silver hair

flares the sky

his midnight lips

lost in haunting song


Chariots, tigers

race, prowl

around his blue body


Swirling, he meets the moon

and takes his place among the stars.




Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst


Joshua’s Shoulder was published  in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.

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Published in “Spillwords Press” August 2017


Watchman Of The Night


Sculpture “Faith” © copyright by Allison Grayhurst 2012; photograph of sculpture “Faith” © copyright by Ava Harness 2012


First published in “JVC Poetry Newsletter” 1989 under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (aka Allison Grayhurst)



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“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

“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 is a poet whose work is characterized by startling imagery and uncompromising emotion, whose pieces have appeared in prestigious magazines. Lights, darks, colors, and passions intertwine throughout the pages of her work,” – Louise E. Allin, Literature and Language



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