What Saves?


What Saves?


Even if sleep

proves to be

infinite, will you

rest beside

the great summer flowers

and bless your limits

like you would

the stars?

And if you inherit nothing but

the small and unseen,

will it stop you

from swimming like

a swan in the cold ruthless

waters of existence?


When you sit upright

in your private corner,

waiting for some substance to show, or kneel


a broken tower, cracked by the

shakes and sounds

of foreign fears, can the music

reach you?


Does it accomplish?



Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst




Published in “Five:2:One Magazine” September 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



2 responses to “What Saves?

  1. abichica – cyberjaya, malaysia – A poet, a writer, an avid reader, an artist, an all around adventurer..Just a girl who is trying to live her life..
    abichica says:

    amazing write.. 🙂 i always enjoy your poetry

  2. 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:

    yes it does some

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