When One Falters


When One Falters



          The cold and conquered spheres

of a love once endowed with light,

but ruined by faithlessness,

wedges between winter’s strength

and night’s repelling dread.

          Always him, thirsting for chaos

to consume, treading on atmospheres

immersed in false perfection. Never him

mourning a tender cry, but crying

of vengeful abandonment, spawns his

curse into every nearing hope.

          And she, alone, surrendered to the sacrifice,

pursues a new devotion, walks

from his contagious self-contempt,

loving not his potential, but the memory

of his striving heart,

(once fresh with expectation,

now extinguished, turned against itself

like a scorpion cornered).

          She alone, accepting the lonely oblivion

of loss, the unquenchable incompleteness, rises

from day to day on mortal ground,




Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “Bewildering Stories, Issue 706” March 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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