You Were There

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You Were There

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I thought of you

when the stones were thrown

from prairie ground.

I called to you in mornings,

weak with doubt and faced

by terrible extremes.

I ran to you when in the quiet of my room,

the walls oozed unloving shadows

and my heart could find no connection.

I talked to you in restaurants, in words

I dare never reuse.

I found you in my breadbox

and in the eyes of my enemy.

I want you though my wanting is broken

by distraction and gnarled by blunt fear,

but wanting and wanting

your hand on my shoulder

and your voice for all time

(subtle or strong) pressed

within my breathing air.

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Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Sprout”

http://www.sproutonlinemagazine.com/2013/07/sprout-21-now-available-faith-issue.html

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Published in “The Poetry Jar”

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http://poetryajar.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/you-were-there/

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/you-were-there.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 “You Were There

  1. This poem is like a haunting painting to walk through – like a rain in poetic Paris streets – its aesthetics making it all bloom far beyond its words. Thank you.

    “I called to you in mornings,

    weak with doubt and faced

    by terrible extremes.

    I ran to you when in the quiet of my room,

    the walls oozed unloving shadows

    and my heart could find no connection.

    I talked to you in restaurants, in words

    I dare never reuse.”

    Like

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