For My Son


For My Son



You are before me –

a simple light, a vibrant light

void of the world’s grey core.

You are beautiful enough, my son –

miles of green terrain surround you.

You whistle, and the strangers beside us

are held captive by your song.

I will not abandon you,

though you fear the anguish of loneliness,

and you feel the uncommon strain

of a raw dimensional heart.

You bring me joy.

I have watched you drown

in a stupor of unharnessed emotions,

and I have seen you laugh at the stars –

you, so much brighter

than the whole of their celestial countenance.



Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst



Translated into Chinese and published in “Poetry Hall, Issue 7” and “Rendition of International Poetry Quarterly, Vol 98”, May 2020

Poetry Hall Issue 7

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Rendition of International Poetry Vol98

Rendition of International Poetry Vol98


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First published in “Peacock Journal”, October 2016

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Allison Grayhurst – Four Poems



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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.

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.



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