By the last leaf changing

and the voice of rivers calling,

by the presence of an

unwilling hero

a great light is born.

By the silent drinking land,

by the cramp inside the joints

and the laughter done under the table,

the words were left alone

and the favour at hand was first

cherished then expelled

like a worn down shoehorn

or a once-lucky horseshoe.

The number love

was etched on every hand

(but love was only symbol, not

substance). The bluejay cried

and anger approached

(but love was for the brave, not

the worthy). The aspirations never hooked up,

but neither

did they die.




Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst





First published in “B-Gina Review”





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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.


Review of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:
“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder



One response to “Underline

  1. I LOVE IT! The power of myth, magic and mystery – like a fairy tale!
    “By the last leaf changing

    and the voice of rivers calling,

    by the presence of an

    unwilling hero

    a great light is born.”
    “The aspirations never hooked up,

    but neither

    did they die.”


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