I Hope Your Dreams Anew


I Hope Your Dreams Anew


You drink from the jugular

with uptight gestures and hold

in your eyes scorn and condescension.


On your political altar your feeble gods

sit, dreaming of fame from your tongue.


Once rich with a fire catching,

you did with delight the things

of sharing.

You made with your hands a prelude

to magic.


But what mercy was crushed by

your self-assured ways? What tolerance was

stifled by your righteous crown?


I cannot be, I cannot envy

the yellow death surrounding,

nor hate the stain of your pride.


But be that blue whisper that echoes

through each moan and laughter

of immortal needs.

But be that stone that makes

an arrogant person fall,

withdraw into a deeper understanding,


be it there for you, somewhere, overwhelming . . .



Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” January 2017

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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  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.



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