Rebellion innate in the seed,

at the start, acknowledging

the culpability of the

the acceptable unjust, of landing

where others crawl, and still others, soar.


I cracked, eager for righteousness

but ungrateful.

You stood beside me, never wavering

or surrendering to anxiety. Your devotion

surpassed any generosity I’ve ever known.

Where others have abandoned or made

light of the news, offering

no humanity or understanding –

you alone held my hand,

shadowed me through hospital halls,

nourishing me through my despair

and the savage aftermath of failure.


There is nothing to be gained from

that gruesome experience, but your triumphant love,

that you were there and remain here

as my refuge, an anointment of great mercy,

a lasting antidote.




Copyright © 2023 by Allison Grayhurst

“The poems included in Allison Grayhurst’s poetry collection Running, lightwave riding reveal an impressive artistic perfection and creative energy. The poems are full of lyrical force and show freshness of style. No doubt, this is a significant work. The poems have great power of observation and originality of imagination,” Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal publisher



First published in “Vatsalaradwritingworld Magazine” May 2023



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