Before I Go

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Before I Go

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Before I go

and put out the campfire,

offering my condolences

to the abandoned child,

I will let my grief go first.

I will dispel it as energy

gathered between my palms, then blow it

like seeds of transformation out of my blood

and into a happy beginning.

Now I will go. Summer is here and my sorrow

has lost its footing. I will make a collage of

my crashed expectations, peel away the crust

until I unveil a flower.

Talking is useless, right now, only moving matters,

walking away from an impossible situation,

releasing the ghost to haunt its four corners,

releasing my failure

to create love.

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Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles”, April 2014

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http://www.poeticdiversity.org/main/poems-cp.php?recordID=1851&date=2014-04-01

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

Before I Go

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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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3 responses to “Before I Go

  1. This is brilliant. I love the tone and message of this work by Grayhurst. I also love it when I can do the following:

    “I will let my grief go first.
    I will dispel it as energy
    gathered between my palms, then blow it
    like seeds of transformation out of my blood
    and into a happy beginning.”

    “I will make a collage of
    my crashed expectations, peel away the crust
    until I unveil a flower.”

    Like

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