No warmth in my

shoes. No gently touching

of my eyelashes.

The crater has left its imprint

and my only child is weeping.

Love has sunk below the line, grows painful as

a thousand papercuts. Why is there this

push into the primal darkness, where everything

is surface and small and contagious? Why can’t

we, of all lovers, overcome?

Touch my fingertips, tell me we can breathe it out

and return to the depths of our true connection.

Tell me we are brave enough to walk away

from this cancer breeding side,

face each other like we use to,

free of defense and the bitter masks

of useless pride.



Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst



Published in “Asian Signature, Vol. 5, No. 1” July 2018



First published in “Stay Weird and Keep Writing Publishing” 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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