My Love is Waiting


My Love is Waiting


In the bald winter

where only the cold grows,

my love is waiting.

Strands of sorrow like

straw stream from his fingertips,

and his clothes are the shade of indigo,

resurrected by his constant desire.

Clouds clear at his feet and coffee is poured

on his behalf whenever his hands need warming.

He is sheltered in the alleyway garages, takes his cue

from the pigeons. His legs are long,

like candlesticks they stretch across January streets.

My love is waiting for the blanket of my flesh, waiting

to salt his emptiness with my touch.

He watches from the balconies.

He is mad, ruled by the erratic radiance of music.

He is waiting on the branches of the elm,

waiting for the night to clear,

waiting for my heart to open and claim him

like a birthmark.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “The song is…” 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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