The brightest spot I ever found

has mended the knitted shroud,

has clipped the cloven hoof

and gave heat to the sunless sky.


The brightest warmth inside his eyes

has carried me over the burning meadow,

has placed my head on soft ground and made

the balm to ease my wounds.


The brightest gift that tore the veil

from my eyes, is tender as a cloud,

is sharp as a pelican’s beak,

is the nucleus substance and the tree’s

great shadow.


The brightest love that works in us all

comforts me through each trial and chore,

is my laughter, my pear tree growing,

is the unlocking of the latch

to every knocked-upon door.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “The Piker Press” Septmeber 2015 under the title “Water”


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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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