Slicing the cord
Goodbye this side of the devil
that swarms my summer with a fool-proof spell.
I will leave you old devil by the road
by the traffic jam where the accident occurred.
I will wail at you no more or try to break your armour.
Goodbye the pain of poverty, its perpetual pounding fear.
I will not drown in that drug or be that child
who forgets I will die. I will relinquish
your mustard eyes, turn my back without pleading or hope.
Goodbye my living ogre, your hair is hot
as liquid tar. Your smile once kissed me.
But now I’d rather be lost
on the shark-infested tide than be beside you
in your boat of worries
with my limbs bound – mortal.
Goodbye – I will fashion myself a wig of bone.
I will wrap a leaf around my face,
never again look and smell
your makeshift hellish form.
Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Lake City Lights Issue 10”
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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.
Review of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:
“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder.