Crossroads

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Crossroads

From rumours

left unsaid

the day was raised

and laid out

like a tablecloth or like

someone’s grand and meticulous day dreaming.

 

I never opened my mouth to alleviate the

darkness, but instead I took offence

at the lack in others, not seeing that offence

as my own withdrawal.

But I am changing. I am ending like childhood

ends, and I am

not so sure of myself

anymore.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Continuist”

“We’ve recently received the work of Toronto poet Allison Grayhurst, a collection of vivid imagery and gripping enjambment that puts the reader in a spiralling world of despair. By using language to express the human conflicts of inner turmoil and the way in which our past burdens interact with the subconscious, the self and the world around us, Grayhurst sculpts poems that are revealing and confessional, as well as technically adept in their formatting and diction. Check out her impressive resume and poems below:,” David Eatock, The Continuist.

 

 

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http://thecontinuist.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/poetry-by-allison-grayhurst/

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

 

“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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4 responses to “Crossroads

  1. BRILLIANT. One of the greatest and most relevant nuggets of poetic psychological insight ever. Thank you!

    “I never opened my mouth to alleviate the
    darkness, but instead I took offence
    at the lack in others, not seeing that offence
    as my own withdrawal.”

    How profoundly and beautifully put:

    “But I am changing. I am ending like childhood
    ends, and I am
    not so sure of myself
    anymore.”

    Like

  2. This is a very sensitively written description of an inner transformation, psychologically strong but written so gently and humbly. I relate to this poem and enjoyed it very much.

    Like

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