are beautiful as stained glass, green
as watered grass
and smells that take me over
a river, salted currents,
blooming with the long-bodied
seal, near curved mountain tops,
fresh mist, malleable fog. Humpback
dive. Cold summer winds,
oceans moving in, moving
the Blue whale, the Belugas,
the dark-fined Minkes.
On land, visualizing the underground rooted networks
that create lush densities of forests,
mountain geography, complex geometry
where fungi are conductors of communication
and legacies are passed down,
in spite of fires, droughts,
insect infestations. Places
enchanting children’s minds
with tales of fear and heroic
to wade in, walk through, hide in
and be exposed.
Huddled in unity,
a river pod in winding ebbs, a family
in sync, mastering the undertows.
Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Ikleftiko Poetry Journal” Issue 3, Winter 2015
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“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) poetry appears visceral, not for the faint of heart, and moves forward with a dynamism, with a frenetic pulse. If you seek the truth, the physical blood and bones, then, by all means, open the world into which we were all born,” Anne Burke, poet, regional representative for Alberta on the League of Canadian Poets’ Council, and chair of the Feminist Caucus.
“What a treasure Allison Grayhurst is. Her gift? To unfold for us life at this intensity of feeling and revelation. Who knew truth and beauty could be so intertwined and so passionate?,” Taylor Jane Green BA, RIHR, CH, Registered Holistic Talk Therapist, and author of Swan Wheeler: A North American Mythology, Swan – A Planetary Mythology, and The Rise of Eros, 2014.