High Hill


High Hill


On that high hill

the wood burned like a flower,

the smoke rose to my lipline

under a decaying tree.

I walked down that hill to kiss a grave

and marry my heart to the iris of death.

But heat mounts near the waking sun,

and on and on goes the wind, brushing

the powerful weeds.

Walking along the path, my skin has changed,

my shell is under water where it belongs.

There is not much to understand, but to

surrender to honesty and to covet

the courage needed to speak

my ruling rhyme.

On this high hill

I drowned in the devil’s chaos,

but that place is long gone.

And though the asylum of darkness still comes around,

it vanishes so quickly with kindness.



Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst


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First published in “GloMag” May/June 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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