Birds are always speaking
like fleeting lines of poetry –
these wisps of miracles, dive
into the schizophrenic’s mind,
his pathway – slow and unthreatening.
They dive, but only people of the bird tribe can hear,
only other animals whose senses are heightened,
whose souls are twofold – raw and divine.
It is dusk, and love is held in,
made weak by complications and chaos in the aura.
The child rises from bed with dread linked
to her pyjama lace, already crushed by the world
without an inkling as to why.
Cats crouch and freeze – a culture tied to their nature.
Like them, I am tied to my nature in the way I walk –
feet down, eyes up and waiting
for that one angel to look me in the eyes
and tell me all.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “VerseWrights”
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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.
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Reviews of ‘Pushing Through the Jelly Fire’:
“This, (Pushing Through the Jelly Fire) is my second favorite book of poetry by Allison Grayhurst. I have it in paperback. I read a lot of poetry across a lot of blogs but Grayhurst’s work stands above the crowd and is of tremendous quality. I highly recommend this and The River is Blind. Her quality of writing is of a high standard and never ceases to lift my spirits as I turn pages in paperback or kindle,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.
“Another Grayhurst masterpiece, Allison’s work has inspired me to continue creating and reading poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.