A Day For My Own

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A Day For My Own

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The darning of socks in

summertime. The filing of nails

on a nothing-to-do night –

with all desires nourished.

I see a can of peaches open, the laundry washed

and windows everywhere, letting in

the outdoors.

I feel my pulse calm,

feel almond shells around my feet

and the fires of anxiety appeased.

Like holding the hand of a friend in need

or running through a valley with a dog

who can’t be seen, my eyes are strong

with imagination. They blend

with the October leaves and lap-up

visions of children playing

where willow trees so easily grow.

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Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “the chicago record magazine” August 2015

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 .First published in “Exile”, 1997

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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 “A Day For My Own

  1. How luxurious that Grayhurst captures also the peaceful moments of this earth journey with her vivid style:

    “The filing of nails
    on a nothing-to-do night –
    with all desires nourished.”

    “I feel my pulse calm,
    feel almond shells around my feet
    and the fires of anxiety appeased.”

    Like

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