A Gathering of Birds

A Gathering of Birds


Bringing back birds,

bare sparrow hearts

tumbling through

spectrums of sensuality



the straw-strings of hesitation into

a tight rope capable of sustaining

any tension, true

to channeling more

determined incarnations.


Whispers pouring

across pale illusionary divides, dedicated

to slowing the pace, to branding

souls with tender revealing and

deep combustion,

reminding the mind of rare waters –

long stretches of unconscious completion


where heaven

becomes a state of faith

that believes

all joys are possible,

is the gratitude for good things imagined, trust

in what rises, eventually

dissipates or flowers.



Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 10” May 2015

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“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) poetry appears visceral, not for the faint of heart, and moves forward with a dynamism, with a frenetic pulse. If you seek the truth, the physical blood and bones, then, by all means, open the world into which we were all born,” Anne Burke, poet, regional representative for Alberta on the League of Canadian Poets’ Council, and chair of the Feminist Caucus.

“What a treasure Allison Grayhurst is. Her gift? To unfold for us life at this intensity of feeling and revelation. Who knew truth and beauty could be so intertwined and so passionate?,” Taylor Jane Green BA, RIHR, CH, Registered Holistic Talk Therapist, and author of Swan Wheeler: A North American Mythology, Swan – A Planetary Mythology, and The Rise of Eros, 2014.



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