Bless The Fallen


Bless The Fallen

Bless the fallen, the less than ghost faces

that haunt this cityscape.

Bless the one who cannot give, who cannot

nurse a broken heart.

Bless the one hardened by degrees, by small failures

that mount a life incapable.

Bless the proud bearer of truth who cannot be humbled,          

blinded by spiritual vanity.

Bless the arrogant, the one who feels movement

only by force.

Bless the bearer of bitterness, who has no stronghold

but hate.

Bless the one who fails to see the birds fly, hear

the angels in their dreams.

Forgive us our canyons where self-pity reigns

and self-pity devours.

Hold us near the harbour light though the chaos of sea

be the only realm 

we, as of yet, have known.



Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst



.First published in “The Seventh Quarry, Issue 24” Summer 2016


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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.

Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet and author.
“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.



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