Green Is This Day


Green Is This Day



like the rained-on statues,

baring bronze beneath their marred shells.



is this death, that kills while

restoring, leaves no curing laughter

but shapes each shout into song and reaches

for a time of intention so precise with effort

that no failure could distract.



is this high-noon temper

that mounts the morning with frown,

floods my features with regret

and sends me groping for awareness,

sends me beyond the barriers

of dignified need.



is this day that grounds

my thrashing spirit, that travels


like wind down my throat into

lung and heart, travels


through all the zodiac passages

and binds me forever to a gallery

of untrodden depths.



Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst


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First published in “Envoi”, 1996

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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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