An Act of Love


An Act of Love


A chance I took,

but then I took too much.

I passed the hat and

couldn’t leave a donation.

I dove into the puddle

and came up – nose scratched,

fingers broken.

I came up

far off from the stage,

in a remote spot

where light never goes,

came up like a cactus in

a swamp,

taking a chance

that bound me

with flawless inevitability

to only earth.



Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst




Published in “Stone Face Literary Zine” 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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