Pulled from the Lifeless Waters


Pulled from the Lifeless Waters


I see the eyes that blow the day

from the dark throat.

I feel the voice of unhindered love

wash over my skin like fresh butter.

I hear the world calling with its drug dull

blurbs and I fade like colour in the sun,

exposed at my roots to the drain of muted sorrow.

Then I wake to the good journey

and the ruthless tearing away of burdening stuff

to touch a purity that pains like

a small girl’s smile or the death of someone near.

It is new again, has left me to stand on my own again

and take the challenge to my pores,

with forgiveness everlasting and the terror

of knowing so great, so generous a love.



Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst






First published in “Torrid Literature Journal, Volume XV”, July 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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