Happiness Approaching


Happiness Approaching

(angst is the awareness

of our separation

from God)



Maybe working

the wrong direction,

working the plain side

instead of the hard side

like liberty on my tongue

and a white line drawn across

my lips.


The line was crossed

with a thumbnail and a toothpick.

The line was walked

before the maple tree grew

up to be a child’s special vision.


The dream was broken,

stretched to destruction

by waiting too long

for fulfillment.


Somehow drawing

sometimes passing

but always reaching

the indefinable clarity

that arrives at the moment

of completeness.



Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst





Published in “Mechanical Medusa Poetry Forum” October 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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