I Will Not


I Will Not


I see the path illuminate.

I arrive with my ways behind me.

I am the one who fell and

could not rise, the one whose hand

reached out but could not let

the python go by, could not find

what I fumbled for in the realm

of wonderful light, but instead

moved my family to an inhospitable shore.


Slowly, I receive,

loosening the crusted clay from my loins.

I will be brave as one following

the hooded horse, brave as a bird

extending beyond middle heaven.


My purse is wrenched clean, and clean, for now

is good.



Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst





Published in “Rocket Boy Poetry Page” November 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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