The Jesus Fire


The Jesus Fire


When I saw words

that no symbol shadowed,

old as life, stripped

of mask and sleep . . .

              When my heart broke

from too much truth, broke

and was humbled, carried

and was humbled like a dragonfly

is by the wind . . .

              When what was so familiar

became new, burning all space,

building the consciousness

of death, of choice, of the wanting communion . . .

              When I was fed with this food

and my enemies ran naked in visions

of wounding beauty . . .


I was lifted

I was one among many, safe

as a sapling

sheltered by the brave devotion

of a lonely child.



Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst





First published in “FishFood Magazine” June 2015FishFood 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.


Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.


3 responses to “The Jesus Fire

  1. Odd to find your poem in the ‘Fishfood Magazine but I liked the lay-out and rhythms and the release of your last ‘verse’ – it reminded me of the effects you get from reading metaphysical poetry (especially Donne’s) – like your photograph as well as the poem!

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