More than theory


More than theory


I do not believe in the easy dream,

blended with drama and false expectation,

nor in the business of joy without

work and the sweet sweet fragrance that changes

everything. Like branches that bloom from a tree

long withstanding weather and years – I want to sing

a picture that blends peace with fire, that speaks

of all of who I am – a worshiper of the hard freeze,

and still I cry so easily. I long to capture this terrible madness,

lock it in a prison cell, letting in a little fresh air at a time,

expanding things that make it better, like love so miraculous it is

hardly containable, like love that knows death without

despair – shattered and sheltered – I continue

on – it is another reason to continue on –

blessed with more than easy dreams.



Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Nazar Look, Year Five, Issue 44” September 2015

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“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.


“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.


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