I am a definition


I am a definition



with many loop-holes

octopus arm holes,

and then some.

I speak of a pavilion

where my ancestors bred

their disciplines

and murder was released –

an option, like a second chance,

murder as affirmation.

I was a definition,

secular, single-habit,

yang-streams exuding,

sharp and solid, marvelous as

a thunderstorm – rage, ripple into a cave

into base-neck movement,


simple one-focus activity.


But here

I lack a definition

under banners, barely audible


excuses to not take up the sword,

battle the lies told

as traditional fables.

I swing from pillar to post

navigating ceiling heights

and floor splinters when I land

niching out obedience


a changeling definition.




Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Scarlet Leaf Review” April 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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