King Dead


King dead


like the guilt on breath

that shows itself as anger, with spite

and immaturity – shows itself as heartless

as one who refuses hard responsibility.

Hopes impaled, left like a twitching

insect not even recognizable as the once

beautiful creature it was.

Far away, I will run, but this world is made up

of so much pain and hardness. Where are the soft people,

souls willing to sacrifice their own blood for

a taste of true togetherness? Where are the warriors

eating out of paper bowls, not afraid of the messy

forward or the ego-erupting aftermath?

Dead: heroes with crossbows and days of answered

prayers: dead. Help is an old woman without a cane.

The light that holds me is losing its thunder.


Where is the light that holds me?



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXIII, Issue 4

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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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