Always There


Always There


The door’s ajar

and my body can go there,

through the small space of light.

To make a landing for me

in the tumultuous rantings

of existence – held out

a moment, reminding me of how

to be alive with you there,

feeding my weakened gut, breathing

my breath, speaking of a love greater than

any love, and in doing so, forgiving me my

distractions and daily rituals of despair,

forgiving me for forgetting the magnitude

of your cloak that warms both in and out.

The gift again at my doorstep. The times

I do not look for you, then you find me.


I am not afraid. I am just a citizen – yours, even when

undirected, cynical and spent.



Copyright © 2004 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.



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