This Vision In Hiding


This Vision In Hiding


Unsteady, forever reviving

the withered skin on my back

and in the straddled stride of

this and every night, getting through.

Dead now, my old teacher, never famous,

never big on sentimentalized mercy,

but like the cloud and the maple trees

and even the animals that stared into your windows

you were like the cold air all around,

necessary and impersonal.

I said goodbye long ago. I do not visit your

headstone, but your being is beside me

and we remain important friends. I keep you here,

and one day, when my infants have grown, I will return

to your country and hear your voice humming

once more in my ears.



Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “First Literary Review-East” November 2014

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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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