The thorn of

a hero’s anguish

and noble isolation

is not a wand

bearing a secret jewel

but the whisper of sweet suffering

that says it makes a soul better,

braver, ready to do the difficult thing.

It is the step before spiritual freedom,

not a destination, but the line of threshold,

the place of guilt when just before guilt explodes,

eliminating the essence of its own nature.

It is the collecting just before absolute

surrender, the pain in the head that keeps

every touchpoint tense but never releases

the flow. It is the finger hovering over the button,

– a purgatory of necessary importance.



Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst






First published in “Dissident Voice” May 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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