The Voice We Love


The Voice We Love

The voice we love is a symphony amidst

the turbulent waves. It is as faint as hope but

it is the ring we’ve always cherished.

We have flocked towards the cave

where three animals live

with the sounds of vengeance on their tongues.

We have built the gate to pass through.

We have carved a wondrous

beginning. The silverbell has melted. Talk is nothing

but defining and defining.

The voice we love fills us like a miracle, has laboured

on the Earth too long. Time is an idol that binds

most hands. We were awake when we slipped

from the light into secrecy. All the while, the sudden

death, the funeral and the urn in hand. Now we are

left untied, eternity brewing in us like a mortal wound.

The voice we love is agonizing. It is a veil, a kindness

that harvests a good nation. It is the nerve that nurtures

the grief-stricken and the confused.

The voice we love clothes our togetherness.

It has cured the flames that once reigned violent

through our stream.



Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” March 2015

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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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