By This Love


By This Love


By this love

we have learned to pluck

the honest word and place

it freely.

By this love

we have lived a good thing

unlike the things of dark regress.

We have robed the stick figures

of half-made breath in gold

and the scent of animals.

We have touched the minnow fish and the

primordial whale. The clouds speak to us

when lack of money hurts the gorgeous morning

and we are nightmarishly beckoned barefoot across

white ice. Then you tell me things of wild eternity

to keep my regrets from overtaking.


And how I love you

even when I am slipping headfirst

down the brownish stream.



Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “The Stare’s Nest” 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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