pure captivity


pure captivity


Last day under water with

the dragging weight of toe-the-line.

I taught myself the art of manifesting

a carry-on bag full from the hunt.

Days drifting on the sandbox dunes,

gleaming but never fresh as a horizon,

snatched from my mountain onto

a foreign homeland.

Limbo dives into infertile meeting rooms,

tables as round as King Arthur’s invention, but no knights

are these, only sagging eager pretenders, saying ‘fun!”

when meaning

“O hell, this is a hell-of-a-climb!”

I know my magic, the hand I was dealt and have

learned to never underestimate a leap of faith.

I trust my God – already bright and joyfully burning.

A sword is harmony. I can’t think of a way

but around me is between me, and I am

swept of my burdens and my prisoners, trusting

to be clothed, this sacred baptism

into surf-riding the foaming plateaus of the tenuous

and difficult-breathing realms




Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Zaira Journal, Issue 2” April 2016

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Published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2015

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First published in “Dog Is Wearing Pants Literary Page” October 2015

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, 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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.


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