Show of Light

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Show of Light

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Why is it like this – this untimely shift

from requiem to rhapsody

as your voice and manner tilts my heart

like the wind would direct the ripples in a stream?

 

I hurt alone in bed, resigned

to the falseness of your mouth, then

with morning, the lushness of your love

recites an elegy to my fear and once again,

adoring, I call you one with my own.

 

Who would guess that neither years nor vows

take the sour sting and peppermint wing

out from love’s strong bones. But falling

forever – the darkness, the renewing song,

hands over bodies, yours & mine, as time

lies with us, perched as the watchman

on devotion’s elusive bow.

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First  published in “Decanto”

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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 Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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2 responses to “Show of Light

  1. For me, this is like a love poem to Life.

    “Why is it like this – this untimely shift

    from requiem to rhapsody

    as your voice and manner tilts my heart

    like the wind would direct the ripples in a stream?

    I hurt alone in bed, resigned

    to the falseness of your mouth, then

    with morning, the lushness of your love

    recites an elegy to my fear and once again,

    adoring, I call you one with my own.”

    Like

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