How does a seed know the sun from beneath the earth, but by the warmth?


How does a seed know the sun

from beneath the earth,

but by the warmth?


In the waters, there is a gift of coal and ice

merged like a soul awakened to its chi –

bursting out from the stomach lining, curator

of gravity. Balance and propriety, bulging forward, a visible

mystical entity in need of surgery and of wonder.

In the waters where hair follicles rest on a sandy wet floor,

where there are things that have never known the sun,

fear is eased by compassion and there is no downfall

that cannot also be a redemption. There is the water

and a swelling fluid force that is ever-so-fragile,

but committed to emerge, no more a tide against itself

or a happiness that cannot be embraced.

In the waters, a water-flower has risen, a bit of weed

with glow-in-the-dark leaves, a colour the fishes know.

That flower will find the air, find a way to express its birth,

sowing forward.



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Eye On Life Magazine” April 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.


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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