Time does not


Time does not



of the fall of sages, of how

their once passive journey led

to madness, of the hail that crashed

into the corners of their eyes when their pleas

for mercy were lost by the sound of the plummeting storm.

Time does not give life back to what has died

or even heal the grief of ghosts pacing

through the morgues.

Time is a shadow that envelops us all – it is

hope and despair combined.

Time is two lips speaking different words,

two hands unable to hold each other,

frozen in the spilt blood of alienation turned

to indifference.

Time is bone – breaks everything but suffering.

Time keeps its secrets, undoes the work

of gentle faith. Time is a tale-teller, making us believe

that nothing has meaning, making us forget that it is

only time.



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “Pulsar #74 and Pulsar Poetry Webzine #22”

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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 ‘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.



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