The Holding On

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The Holding On

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When the head of the flower is plucked

              and darkness takes the child’s

tender hand, I hold my breath

  under the covers.

For so long I waited for a response,

              and when it came, it took years before I felt

the happy ending. It took me by surprise

like the affinity I felt with the newborn squirrels

  when cupping their soft and trembling bodies.

Over the highest evergreen I race

                          with my emblem. I lost

  nearly everything I cared for to gain

              a new soul. I lost a passion and gained

a rage against death and the wilderness outside.

  I drink from the underground and am blessed.

I let out my breath and ask this

              final remnant of grief to be gone.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Nostrovia!  Milk and Honey Siren poetry anthology”

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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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One response to “The Holding On

  1. I LOVE this! Passionate, strong, solid, vital, instructive. BEAUTY. Wow.
    “Over the highest evergreen I race

    with my emblem. I lost

    nearly everything I cared for to gain

    a new soul. I lost a passion and gained

    a rage against death and the wilderness outside.

    I drink from the underground and am blessed.”

    Like

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