There is a beat in the darkening air
that whispers of love and laughter
There is song in the rippling wind
that even dreams
cannot meet its glory
There is colour
There is more than power
in one stroke
in one fallen ray
that gives rhythm
to a discordant day
like death comes
Oh there! The first star . . .
Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst
Before the Dawn was published in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.
Published in “The Peregrine Muse” July 2017
First published in “The Plowman: A Journal of International Poetry” 1989
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Reviews below of Allison Grayhurst’s chapbook “Before the Dawn” were published in the “The Plowman – A Journal of International Poetry” 1989:
“Throughout these 54 poems there is a ring of truth, an honesty few poets inject into their writing. I hope there is a follow-up to the book, because it leaves one with the desire to hear more, to know what will happen next, to discover the net result of the woven pattern of emotion and intensity that will come from the pen of this stirring author,” poet C.F. Kennedy
“Jocelyn Kain’s chapbook Before The Dawn, is thick with mixed images of rain, smoking cigarettes, the sea – images that appear in other poems, but in Kain’s poetry, the images come alive in a melancholic dance of the soul. This book is fresh, emotional, quality poetry. If Kain’s talents continue to improve, she will someday prove to be a noteworthy literary figure,” poet Davy Wood.