Pregnant After a Death


Pregnant After a Death


I kneel for you, for the small

flower unnamed. Within

where apple trees never grow, another

fire catches. I dream of toadstools

and my father’s dark warm eyes. I call

you my literature, my sweetest harvest.

And my husband and I, we make notes

in the mirror, we go shopping, holding hands.

We talk of you like a morning glory, we smell the spring

and are proud. We begin to know you

like a separate constellation, like someone

entwined by all these loving riches.

God has taken and now gives, letting

the tears and this blessing take equal hold.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Think Pink, Issue 2” Pink.Girl.Ink. Press, May 2015Pink Girl Ink 7Think Pink 1 Think Pink Pregnant After A Death Think Pink Contributors 2 Think Pink Contributors 1Pink Girl Ink 4 Pink Girl Ink 5 Pink Girl Ink 6Pink Girl Ink 4Pink Girl Ink Pregnant After A Death Pink Girl Ink 3Think Pink cover

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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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