of a haunted lion mourning

her lost young. In a cage,

another brow folded in grief

and grim expectation.

Entitlement massaged into the bright blank eyes

of the classless rich with their toothy smiles

and ego-feeding gestures

of generosity.


The lion is haunted, the rabbit

is caged and the mournful dog longs for kinship.

The sacred is devoured but not for long

and not forever

as joy overtakes with one relaxed touch,

one moment of complete enjoyable surrender

where nothing impure

can enter.


That moment is worth poverty, worth

the fevered greed swirling around,

spoiling the atmosphere,

tricking with false kindness and ignorance of self

that leads to chaotic manipulation.

It is worth the penalty of no security


just to combine for a few moments

with another’s spirit, be grand

in such holiness, be humbled

by such rudimentary love.




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 “Raven Cage Zine Issue 79” April 2023

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Published in “Winamop” May 2023



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