Welcome The Death


Welcome The Death


   Welcome the death

of holding death

like a smile. For all

that dreams within,

all that spreads uncorrupted

through the veins, turns its back

on oblivion, knows faith, knows

its destination is beneath the


   Welcome the changing leaves, the

frosted flowers, the vanity of being,

of feeling one Self, whole before

the world.

   Welcome the body, the counted pennies,

the child’s plight and faces lost

in midnight light, eternally forgotten.

   Welcome the one who stands, the one who

praises every cried-out syllable, purges

the soul of stagnant battles, hour upon hour

smells the freshness of renewal in clenched fists

and phones that never ring.

   Welcome the sound of a remembered kiss

and the ghosts that grieve forever

beside each mortal heart.



Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst


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First published in the anthology “Written In The Skin”, 1998




Published in “Creative Talents Unleashed” May 2016

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Welcome The Death – Author Allison Grayhurst


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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.

Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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