The Quiet That Comes

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The Quiet That Comes

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The quiet that comes

at a fork-in-the-road, quiet

as we listen to the direction of the breeze

and hope for a voice to bellow forth at our queue,

is the quiet of waiting, the time between

pressing-play and music.

The quiet that haunts and never leaves

in times of action, just stays hidden like a spider

behind the bookshelf, slowly emerging

on the dark carpet for a clear view

is the quiet of awareness.

 

The quiet that consumes

like a poison steadily, in droplets

ingested or like a picture of a lost loved one

that follows from room to room, is the depths of a pit

where our future is carved on.

 

The quiet that heals after the hell

like a promise of spiritual safety,

is the quiet of peace, a gift

for wherever circumstances

lead – a show of mercy after

the acceptance of our defeat.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Blind Vigil Revue”

http://blindvigilrevue.blogspot.ca/2013/03/3-poems-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-quiet-that-comes.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 “The Quiet That Comes

  1. FELT every quiet with every line, bringing those small moments into searing “view”.

    “The quiet that comes

    at a fork-in-the-road, quiet

    as we listen to the direction of the breeze

    and hope for a voice to bellow forth at our queue,

    is the quiet of waiting, the time between

    pressing-play and music.”

    Like

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