It is not new


It is not new


to hold out a hand

and find something dead

cupped inside.

It is not love that loves

through essential compromise.

It is God we speak to

everytime we verbalize,

and God will mend even the ones

who think they’re saved.

It is the cracked jaw,

the splintered bone and expressions

of boredom and greed that

disease a child’s innocence.

It is how we deal with the senselessness of being

that makes us either deny or realize

a gift of spiritual wonder.



Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst





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

Asian Signature, 5th Vol, no 1 – five poems, July 2018



First published in “Our Poetry Archive, Contemporary Women’s Poetry Anthology” July 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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