Seeing Shadows


Seeing Shadows

The light that enters

as a letting go

of what was once so beautiful,

illuminates the burnt and lifeless seeds,

says to the dark ache – I will love

                         I will love

with a new love that sees

each false pattern eclipsed,

that hears the moans of chipmunks

on park benches, that feels a sorrow

renewed with each inhaled breath, in

barbecue backyards and in the summer

approaching. Each month it burrows deeper

into the nerves. It is the light that hurts,

that drives the sight inward and uncovers

the shallow depths of certain intimacies.

Here it is, and will never leave, will be

the new shade of my eyes, the only purse I carry,

will answer me in my most desperate need,

and hold my hand through barren valleys.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “Malevolent Pegasus Literary Zine” 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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