The Aging Artist
The breath of illness beating upon your flesh.
The dizzy and slow-paced walk causing you
for the first time to know dependency.
A breaking down of smiles and thoughts.
A terrain, where even your hands can’t move enough
to create the sculptures that inspire you
to ward off the grave.
Your mind has weathered
an age of nagging conformity, has risen,
individual, brave in your isolation.
How lonely the trees must seem, peering from
your cabin doors. How lovely the sounds of waves
and wildlife, mingled in undying symphony.
What mourning, what wonder you must know,
with your eyes as blue and clear as they are old,
as you sit at your table –
those years of longing past
and the peace, at last, beginning.
Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst
Published in “The Indus Streams, Volume 1, Number 1” November 2015
.Published in “UC Review”, 1996
.You can listen to the poem by clicking below:
“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.
Review of The Longing To Be:
“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.