The Ride

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The Ride

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Again the stars were plucked

from her mind and the world below

leapt up and sponged her with its flame.

That summer she made a wish upon her chains

and walked the deserted farmyards.

The ravens followed her through the weeds

and heat, keeping up conversation. At night

she sang to the beating of the rain and stroked the head

of the dead bug in her pocket.

She was neither of the mountains nor of the desert.

She was calm as crazy sometimes gets, and the thunder

hissed out her name as the June’s morning rays

danced her a sermon. She talked

to her shadow when the birds had gone,

and her fingernails were brittle as cracked ice.

On the seventeenth day her breath collapsed with

the rising sun as the cobwebs about her sparkled, stirred

by a sweetened wind.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Full of Crow” 2013

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http://www.fullofcrow.com/poetry/archives/allison-grayhurst-july-2013/

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18285940-full-of-crow-poetry—july-2013

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Published in “Peedeel’s Blog” April 2016

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https://bookmanpeedeel.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/the-ride/

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Published in “Creative Talents Unleashed” November 2017

The Ride – Author Allison Grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/the-ride.m4a

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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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2 responses to “The Ride

  1. Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne Takes Me Down” move over. Wow… I love this. Poetic majesty draped around an Heroine in a haunting and yet intimate Maxwell Parrish painting.

    “Again the stars were plucked

    from her mind and the world below

    leapt up and sponged her with its flame.

    That summer she made a wish upon her chains

    and walked the deserted farmyards.

    The ravens followed her through the weeds

    and heat, keeping up conversation. At night

    she sang to the beating of the rain…”

    Like

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