Interval of Parting


Interval of Parting

I will keep quiet

when my sea is sucked into the sky,

keep quiet about my hundred

strokes that take me nowhere, quiet

about my anguish and requiems.

We will be different – for now, we will

not know one another so completely.

For now, I must go it alone, my struggle hidden

except in prayer and solitude. I will build my own nursery,

bandage my wounds until they are no longer visible.

I will sleep close to the angels, feel my only safety

in their ethereal arms.

I will turn even further to God, depend

on only God to love me fully

and see me through – through this wilderness

of leghold traps, of paper promises

and cowardly predators, through this funnel

that tightens and seems to have no end, through, without

showing the damage of this fishnet, without you,

you who are going on your own journey

and cannot help me here

any longer.



Copyright © 2010 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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