Days Before Birth


Days Before Birth


              Thrill and feel the last days approaching

before the great change.

It is sliding down a ladder

into the full of the noon-day sun,

quickening the blood and bringing night dreams

into the open.

              Under flesh and sinews

dragons burn,

making way for the new creation. Taboos

are swallowed by mud puddles

pock marking streets, and safety is a far-fetched


              Imagine and hold

these last days of gold

that will bring forth a brighter, more endurable metal.

              Let the heart be at ease,

for life will learn to breathe

a shade undiscovered.



Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Bursting Plethora of Rainbow Colors”



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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.



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