Preparing

Preparing

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I go to the crosswalk

and leave my bread crumbs on the other side.

I am waiting for motivation, for a clarity of purpose

that I once owned like a beautiful stone

I sunk under the St. Lawrence rapids. When I was a child,

I watched those rapids without fear,

stood close to the edge and never wondered about the slippery underfoot,

never worried about the shadflies arriving like a plague of river insects

or about my loneliness that turned into a ghost companion

comforting me in those grey Quebec afternoons. But here, in this riverless realm,

I cannot place my hands down. I cannot stretch wide enough

to feel whole. I go to the corner store and hear answers that only I

and the birds

can hear.

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Copyright © 2011 by Allison Grayhurst

For Every Rain Cover 5

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First published in “Gloom Cupboard”

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http://gloomcupboard.com/2011/11/17/poetry-139/

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“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.
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6 responses to “Preparing

  1. Love it! Crisp, feeling, spacious, promising in its beauty.
    “I am waiting for motivation, for a clarity of purpose

    that I once owned like a beautiful stone

    I sunk under the St. Lawrence rapids. When I was a child,

    I watched those rapids without fear,

    stood close to the edge and never wondered about the slippery underfoot,

    never worried about the shadflies arriving like a plague of river insects

    or about my loneliness that turned into a ghost companion

    comforting me in those grey Quebec afternoons.”

    “But here, in this riverless realm,

    I cannot place my hands down. I cannot stretch wide enough

    to feel whole.”

    Like

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