Another Level


Another Level


Buzz from the wind cloud,

over the cable lines

and the heads of barn owls.

Shadows are bleeding through the brick

until they seep indoors, pressing in on the furniture.

I know the pattern on the ceiling,

I have witnessed this road so many times

before – to be twisted and toyed with

until finally broken – freed

of the false trap,

the inauthentic hold that holds me

in its manic, brutal indifference

like a fly in a jar looking for air-holes.

Thank you for that jar – to remind

me of the difference between atmospheres –

between common kindness and the evil like pinpricks

that sticks absentmindedly in the cavity of the throat.

Thank you for showing me the carelessness of those fixed

on this world and the generosity of others

that numbs my day-to-day pain

until I am admonished, awakened and ready to soar.

From out of the cave we decide

and then are divided. I choose you.

Make me good and brave – enough

to outshine this phyllo-dough hell.



Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst



First published in “Tuck Magazine” 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.



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