Dark Wave


Dark Wave


The dark wave comes

through your sandy hair

and meets the green of your eyes.


It has you with its hunger

and the slow and low way you talk,

unconcerned with morality. It scents your mind

with its long-lived indifference,

while underneath self-contempt

feeds the coldness of your skin

and lets you live in violent chambers

where death and imagination merge to form

your every-day apparel.


You long for comfort like a man stranded

in the wilderness longs for a safe

and empty cave. You never trust the tenderness

of your desires nor bend to the cleansing slate

of self-forgiveness.


The dark wave comes

from ancient tombs

and memories that will never

escape you. It comes

into your arms,

and even hating it, you embrace it

as though it were the only thing

to call your very own.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “SilverSpine Poetry Forum” 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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