The Need to Stumble


The Need to Stumble


I drop the pattern.

I say it is enough

of being frightened

of the worn shoe

and the empty bank account,

enough of bitterness

and wasted expectations.

I drop the gripping pain

of needing someone to ease my pockets

in this physical money-ruled world,

of not trusting the deeper light

nor honouring the many gifts of my household.

I drop the mental bloodshed,

the blame I inflict behind closed curtains

towards others for not reflecting my ideals.

I drop the hypocrisy of coveting a generous hand,

of hurting my love with bad philosophy.

I drop the gravity of existence,

of sitting on the floor waiting for that phone call,

and holding my breath when others let out

a word.



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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