Journey & Drink


Journey & Drink


There I sang and there I knew

my heart in all its wanderings.

   Night fled from my shoulders,

travelled to where the saddened

watchers waited. It left me in my mousetrap,

chasing phantoms I never spun.

   And there, the one thing

that was certain was the silence,

the ways of shrouds and sleepers.

               Sinking from heights into sublime slavery,

I turned my back on choice.

   I walked with spiders spiderlike, out

from my heavy tomb.

               But it was not enough, to escape and then to

conform, but to be a brighter thing

than before the years swept my youth asunder.

   To be where hardness is deserted

for the “yes, yes, I know.”

   And between the extremes, a patient

acceptance and making ready.

               Yesterday I knew my bread,

   I knew of boredom hounding

   with full and ruthless speed.

               Today, I swallow

   (away from envy and ambition)

   holding close

   my one and lasting




Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “Nazar Look, Year Five, Issue 44” September 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  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.



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