For Randy


For Randy


Love is mercy

living blind in this crucifixion world,

pushed into the fisherman’s net – no seed

that doesn’t freeze and end up like a pebble,

no crowd that keeps its motive

pure. Always, there is loss, grief in the pit of the loins,

extending, radiating into every tiny bone –

hidden, broken or just malformed.

Children are never new and unharmed. But they cry

easier. They sleep with nightmares under their pillows and

outwardly groan when there is no cure to the hostility

of fate. Children do not naturally cling to good,

as some might say,

but are bent in the ways of their parents, trying to please

even that which has hardened long ago.



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst




First published in “1947, a literary journal” April 2017


You can listen to the poem by clicking below:



“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.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.