Rite of Passage


Rite of Passage


The power of you

in the grueling dark places

that demand your mastery.

Summer has left, but the sky

is still beautiful

emerging, gaining soft feathers.

The will to blow mighty at

the insects of anxiety, insects

building nests of dread

inside the pocket holes of

your once most-trusted security.

Relax in the wave that takes away your footing,

teaching you the ways of

sharks and minnows,

pulling you out into a place where

oxygen must be drawn in differently,

slicing smooth skin into gills,

salting your eyes, tastebuds and

all of you that previously glowed.


Treehouse by the fence

fall over and know it like

you can, either fly or swing

or place yourself, steeping slow,

renew yourself, know yourself capable

of maneuvering any journey.


Deciding is hard, you must shed your shell

of childhood, majestic and marvelous

as it was, keep the good

that formed, transforming as you bless it,

incorporate it, and then,

let go.



Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine” February 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, 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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.


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