The Clear Knife

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The Clear Knife

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              Beside the stone, the angry

digger digs and the rain water

is hard water with the horror

of errors felt in the difficult night.

The painting is received, gloomy

with a sharp edge. In the next little while

there will be no inventory,

and aims will be collected,

to be left on the sidewalk for whoever

to pick up. In the serenity found with surrender,

and in the intense miracle, I pull

out my belonging and leave it there

in the thunder,

unharmed.

              At the end of this season

the power of acceptance

will mount and the birds

will lift their wings up and over

the Earth. There will be no pattern, no regression.

Homes will grow like

happy flowers and each soul

will be in a stable balance.

Tenderness will govern activity

at the end

when the counting of days

is dropped.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “B-Gina Review”

http://bginareview.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/the-clear-knife/

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-clear-knife.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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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

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2 responses to “The Clear Knife

  1. Huge messages cloaked in poetry. With this first one I’ve been there many times and wish I went there more in my faith and focus of trust:

    “In the serenity found with surrender,
    and in the intense miracle, I pull
    out my belonging and leave it there
    in the thunder,
    unharmed.”

    This one is all about for me what Patricia Cota Robles is speaking of in her YouTube video “Downloading the Programs for the” … new earth:

    “At the end of this season
    the power of acceptance
    will mount and the birds
    will lift their wings up and over
    the Earth. There will be no pattern, no regression.
    Homes will grow like
    happy flowers and each soul
    will be in a stable balance.
    Tenderness will govern activity
    at the end
    when the counting of days
    is dropped.”

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