No Hope – For Good


No Hope –

           For Good


Understand, I was pleading

like Job under the wire

for the arrival of hope.

But now I see that hope is murder to the seed

of this emerging beginning.

It is not a butterfly shred in a child’s hands

but the cause of dark inertia,

giving despair a little more fuel to run with,

preventing the final collapse, stopping the black hole

that will suck the last trickle of false expectations through,

keeping me pinned to this stalled, starved and stale

universe like a crushed insect clinging for breath.

It is hope but also torture that takes death away

from that which needs to die.

It is hope but not enough to build on,

so it is better that it never comes, never runs

along side this something spectacular that is trying

to break through.



Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Extract(s)” magazine and anthology, 2012


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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.

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3 responses to “No Hope – For Good

  1. namelessneed – N.FT.Myers/Port Townsend/East Lansing – Hurried home from the all night govt factory job to finally "let go" into my Real job making up stuff for attention . Love the books,the films,the music. trying to get regular daring to spill some.
    namelessneed says:

    wow, for me this presents a new angle, supporting a new POV/
    Hope as the bad guy, antagonist. Thanx again, friend.
    “..never runs alongside something spectacular..” is my favorite/ I liked yr reading, G

  2. Yes! It is so important to LISTEN, instead of HOPE sometimes. Precision of insight into the complexity as usual, Allison Grayhurst!

    “But now I see that hope is murder to the seed

    of this emerging beginning.”

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