More Than Commitment


More Than Commitment


We see the bend

and the gulls in full motion

outside our door.

We feel the moon in our mouths

and foolish dreams

drip down our inner thighs.

It’s time to relinquish

our boat on the ferry docks, relinquish

our dearest pet at the graveyard.

It’s time to know the yellow lands of late summer –

let the air into our home and let the lock

on this sanctuary be broken –

to open more than possibilities,

more than a Sunday-hope.

We see the bend and we say goodbye,

out of the funnel

and into the luminous sky.



Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst



Published in “Poetry at Sangam” March 2018



First published in “Sacred Chickens” August 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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