A Better Life

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A Better Life

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In the beginning

I rode a burning steed,

crossed a violent river

and destroyed my home.

But now my footsteps are slower,

I never climb the rocks or chase

the landed hawk. I collect shells

for my garden and sing to the great

ocean’s waves. I take my children

along the shore and show them how to dance.

I tell them my tales of long ago, though

they offer no interest or praise.

But they love me like a petal does its stem,

each reaching to me to know the effort of

my arms. We eat fruit near the underbrush

then bury each seed, tenderly,

in hot white sands.

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Copyright © 2004 by 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.

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One response to “A Better Life

  1. Archetypal – so many of us can relate – beautifuly written.

    “In the beginning

    I rode a burning steed,

    crossed a violent river

    and destroyed my home.

    But now my footsteps are slower,

    I never climb the rocks or chase

    the landed hawk. I collect shells

    for my garden and sing to the great

    ocean’s waves.”

    Like

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