And though the news is bad


And though the news is bad


It is time

to accept happiness

like a decision or commitment

to faith regardless of

the mammal body breaking,

fraught with meaningless shifts

of further incompletions, setbacks

from the full flight swoop-ridged

impasse, sudden hot glass thrown

on the garden path, a child in jeopardy

of a mudslide, sliding into hospital beds,

doorways diminished like trampled flowers


happiness is a hug of a day-away-coming-home,

conversations in subway cars built on curiosity

and excitement, happiness is knowing God when

the rats and rain win over our moon,

is the miracle-motion extreme, tiptoeing the edge,

a wave of great mercy,

rich with oxygen currents, flooding, then




Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “The Wagon Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1” 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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