Of Manna and God


Of Manna and God


To let go of the addiction

eating away at my cupboards.

To sing tra-la-la in the face

of fate and fall at the feet

of the unknown is what

my blood calls for, is the

rock I must throw and is the

river to sink it in.

To bury the book in the cellar,

to take my number off the list

and crack a nut on the hardwood floor

is my chance for renewal,

is my stage of internal strife, where

two voices argue of opposing faiths,

and all the while my house is burning.



Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst




Published in “Novelmasters” May 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.



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