The Loyal Unknown


The Loyal Unknown


I would like to hide

from the mountains, sleep

as a thief

in the assaulted night.


            How do I compare my

                        enemies? They all smell

of slain desires,

            itching like mealworms

in a bird’s thin crop.


            Among the widowed faces

there is

            a gateway

into the unfathomable, happy

past: Wolves eyes, I see

confronting with unaware darkness.

            The hypocrites play

their tune so beautifully stagnant, making me stumble

into oblivion.

            One day when I was walking

on Arizona ground in a dry summer,

I caught a glimpse of

            icy love: It came


            from the sun

to avenge my perfect day. It was an apparition,


            the whole world

to the paradoxical


            Sometimes smiles

are as irretrievable

                        as murder.

Someone is watching me

from corridors.


            Today, it is chaos.

            Tomorrow – a child

will be born.



Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst


For Every Rain Cover 5


Published in “The Furious Gazelle” December 2017


First published in “Synchronized Chaos” August 2017

Synchronized Chaos August 2017: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Poetry from Allison Grayhurst


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“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

 “Allison Grayhurst’s Common Dream is a massive book by a talented and enthusiastic young writer, with a feel for descriptive, meaningful verse. Philosophical and very deep,” Paul Rance, editor of Eastern Rainbow, U.K.,  spring 1993.

“Her poems read like the journal entries of a mystic – perhaps that what they are. They are abstract and vivid, like a dreamy manifestation of soul. This is the best way, in prose, one can describe the music which is … the poetry of Allison Grayhurst,” Blaise Wigglesworth Oh! Magazine

“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.”  Next Exit



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