Guardian (for Beeper)


Dog-eyes like a morning


with warmth.


I dream of sending you

silhouettes wedged

from the mountain,


where we would go

flooded with lyric & hazy light.

By the campfire furnace,


chasing the breeze through

the haunted wood. And then,

by the river, by daylight,


your tongue outstretched to cup bee.

Your oversized ebony head gliding through

the water like a dolphin’s.


Under the bridge, on the railroad tracks,

your muscles moved erecting

monuments of innocence and incomparable strength.


Past the fence, past

my sight, releasing sounds of excitement, sounds

of a simple, language bark,


as you ran

thunderous & dark

as departure

often is.



Copyright © 1995 by Allison Grayhurst


For Every Rain Cover 5

Currents - pastlife poems cover 4


Published in “Communicators League” June 2017



Three poems | by Allison Grayhurst


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Somewhere Falling has a richness of imagery and an intensity of emotion rare in contemporary poetry. Drawn in sharp outlines of light and darkness, and rich shades of colour, with a deep sense of loss and longing and the possibility of salvation, this is an unusual book by a gifted young poet. Grayhurst’s voice is one to which we should continue to pay attention.” — Maggie Helwig, author of Apocalypse Jazz and Eating Glass.

“Responsibility and passion don’t often go together, especially in the work of a young poet. Allison Grayhurst combines them in audacious ways. Somewhere Falling is a grave, yet sensuous book.” – Mark Abley, author of Glasburyon and Blue Sand, Blue Moon.

“Biting into the clouds and bones of desire and devotion, love and grief, Allison Grayhurst basks the reader, with breathtaking eloquence, in an elixir of words. Like lace, the elegance is revealed by what isn’t said. This is stunning poetry.” – Angela Hryniuk, author of no visual scars.



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