Stripped of temper

and the tossing blue.

The sky weighs on me like a globe.

Beginning in the curve of my tongue, I hide

my sorrow like an eel.

I dive past daybreak

into the ditch of midnight.

Guilt is my patched umbrella.

I am only a few feet from home –

a penny in my pocket, a chain

I cannot lose. I want to learn

of pastures where the dying are saved

by prayer, where each captive beast

is released and love is not compared.

Reptiles in the morning clouds.

A snake around a leaf.

I hope to build a boat for patience.

Clinging to a fragment of a tree

I count each schoolless fish,

and tilt against the tide.



Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Smashed Cake Review” Issue 1 (Sidereal Journal)!blank/cfvd!issue-one/cjgx


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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.

Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet and author.
“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.



2 responses to “Adrift

  1. namelessneed – N.FT.Myers/Port Townsend/East Lansing – Hurried home from the all night govt factory job to finally "let go" into my Real job making up stuff for attention . Love the books,the films,the music. trying to get regular daring to spill some.
    namelessneed says:

    thanx once again, my friend. i serendipitiously ran into this image this morning and i guess, must include it here/
    the best to you & yrs over the holydays, G

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