Out of Time


Out of Time


I lean out the window.

There is no breeze, no people

on the street. Everything feels wanting,

even the birds with their first morning song.

Cover my eyes. Build me a shell, a desert

where I can wander in without encounter.

I am tired of seeing. I have no need of friends

or of enemies. Only of lovers, pure family,

where trust, tenderness and truth hang paramount

and there is no messy aftermath. I have no need to outline

the disease of the world, where cowards

burn their campfires and spiritual challenge is avoided

at the cost of love. I am tired of grieving

over a miracle that never was.

I will toss these stained clothes and buy a new wardrobe.

It is simple. I know. It is the sound

of a breaking wave or of a dog, finally, let off her lead.

I build this pain a private place. I outlive my past. I am

without issue.



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst





First published in “Eunoia Review” June 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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