If you see the trail

of eels slide down

the whispering waves

and touch the history

of great dreams and

rampant madness,

then it happens when

you’re young, when love

is a sealed coat, when hope

feels like a babe alone on a rooftop

and possibilities are dry and grey and faraway.

If you are traveling

the prison cell pages and snacking on the crumbs

from the epileptic’s bed,

it happens before twilight,

before “home” is a word to count on.

And when you meet the antlers at eye level

and consume the rich, medicinal cherry,

it never stands on the other side

but remains like a new organ

there for always redefining

the workings of your head.


Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “Writers Haven – Verse Land”



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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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