The Stain


The Stain


It seems it has been there forever. But

if I think back, I remember

when it happened – dark, sticky

with a faint repugnant scent,

avoiding it, so as to not soil

my shoes, avoiding because

What was it? Paint or tar?

Whatever it was it was most

probably toxic, not supposed to be there

where children ride their bikes, walk

their scooters, or hold hands with their

dead-pan caregivers or mothers

talking on cellphones,

holding both phone and child’s hand

with equal pressure.

I still avoid it like a crusted-over wound turned

to a scar, turned to a permanent deformity.

I have wondered why no one has every cleared

it up, chalk-drew over it,

around it, even the sparrows avoid it and I think

everyone who walks by, walking home or to the subway

pretends not to see it, because it does not belong there –

there with the sidewalk sweepers and garden planters.

It is an aberration – in summer, when

the snow melts, when the snow first falls.



Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Literary Nest, Volume 2, 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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