Zen Virgin

Zen Virgin



This killer yoke

was pieced together from another century,

enforcing brutal labour,

swollen joints from overload

and depression swamping the upper ground.


You know it has always driven the hunt,

from your parents’ childhood homes

in Indian monsoons and Polish Februarys –

dishwashing, factory working, 4 a.m. typing,

deciding to plot an unexpected ending,

yet still, following form.


You know you can get out only

if you stop defending all of its creation, only

if you drain your devotion and broaden what

you are and are not permitted to be.


You can get out, flashing, golden-sea eyes

flashing and leaping in celebration of the door touched

and opened, the re-wiring that burns every wire

and sets down the players

and the playing board.


Do this emptying.

Trust it is done and it will be done.


You can hold your shoes in one hand

and your truth in another,

put on those shoes and yield to a direction





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 Cyberwit.net



Published in “Sahityapost” June 2023





First published in “Synchronized Chaos” May 2023




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