Bare Essentials

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Bare Essentials

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I waited on you,

now I am free to let the waiting go.

I give you back the burden of setting things right.

I give you back the long walks carrying

a weight I could not control, the tightness

circumventing my throat and my days never perfect

because of senseless lack – I give it back to you,

the fallen star, the third-degree burns,

the collection of my fears and disappointments.

I cannot hold it any longer. My own voice betrays

me – desperation has mutated me, but not

anymore. You can hold all these inadequacies

and the stark gravity

of survival – you can create love out of nothing,

bring destiny to our doorstep, take all this debt

and impossibility and raise it over the threshold.

You can take

this crippled breath and paint it fresh and easeful.

I give it back to you. I expect nothing but

freedom, to walk again like a very young child –

absolute, connected.

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Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Synchronized Chaos April 2017: Sacred Mysteries”

“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) pieces (poetry) have a tribal and timeless feeling, reminiscent of the Biblical commentary in Ecclesiastes,” Cristina Deptula, editor of Synchronized Chaos.

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Turned

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Turned

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I turn my head

stiff with anxiety’s brutality and shame.

I fill my lungs with the cold fumes

of survival and find myself

lost from the legacy of miracles on my garments,

lost from the jewels under every stone in my yard.

I turn my head

and I see again the gifts that pull me through,

every time, each time at the last minute.

So why do I suffer in doubt, blistering

with fears that never hold water? The world

teaches me it is calculating and void of mercy.

God teaches me of only mercy, of treasures

astounding and undeserved but given with the love

of a thousand parents to their only child, teaches

me not to listen to the babbling crowd so full

of good advice and my future’s concerns.

God speaks of grace, with grace manifesting at each

brick corner I face. At every impossible deliverance,

I am delivered.

I release my held-back breath.

I accept your goodness like a song that has finally

developed to fruition, sunning the darkness once so coveted

in my head –

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Spirit Fire Review” January 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Purest Obedience

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Purest Obedience

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Like a fierce wind

driven by the fires of Jerusalem, he

overtakes me from my eyelashes to my

fingernails, mends the hole in my sock,

the scar on my lip.

 

Like a new truth spoken, like the

veils of God dropping, he calls me

to his table, cleans my confusion,

spins me on my axle and holds his hand to mine.

 

He is the one thing guiding,

the one that takes all else into itself,

saturating me with good fear

and with the safety that children know

beside a parent’s accepted love.

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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.Published in “Spirit Fire Review, Issue 6” January 2017

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http://www.spiritfirereview.com/current-issue

http://www.spiritfirereview.com/single-post/2017/01/09/Two-Poems-by-Allison-Grayhurst

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Let the wound not win

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Let the wound not win

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You sent me a crib of comfort,

a bridge to walk away from my moth-eaten coat,

a way to suddenly find that piece of string

I was looking for – I received, then

I lost the message, and my lungs flooded

with suspicious contempt.

My comfort was maimed and in this pit

of loudness and conflict, I saw my enemy everywhere:

Rain dripping from my sleeves –

only fear and judgment remaining.

In the morning, you returned to me. In the burn

of one small flame, in the sound of a perfect circle,

I asked your forgiveness:

To paint me with this freshness, shave

this mane of morbid madness and help me

cherish the ocean all day until night,

until I wake as one, hopeful again,

your child.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Section 8 Magazine”, January 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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Jesus in my basement

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Jesus in my basement

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You are serious as the elements,

master of miracles that overcomes those elements.

You are golden and landing always

in the depth of true light.

I think at times I can hear your voice, immediate,

ambushing my breath and my lazy self-pity.

You call on me to change my skin, walk

this world with belief and wonder. You guide me

in your discipline, offer me promise, eternity,

hills and hills of lush mercy.

You want my words to be exhumed – to speak exact,

not be encased in avoidance, not caked in layers

of mind-twisting complexity.

Just to be here, in front of you – simple, unimportant,

broken by the world, remade by you.

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First published in “Section 8 Magazine”, January 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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Always There

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Always There

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The door’s ajar

and my body can go there,

through the small space of light.

To make a landing for me

in the tumultuous rantings

of existence – held out

a moment, reminding me of how

to be alive with you there,

feeding my weakened gut, breathing

my breath, speaking of a love greater than

any love, and in doing so, forgiving me my

distractions and daily rituals of despair,

forgiving me for forgetting the magnitude

of your cloak that warms both in and out.

The gift again at my doorstep. The times

I do not look for you, then you find me.

 

I am not afraid. I am just a citizen – yours, even when

undirected, cynical and spent.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Seventh Quarry, Issue 24″ Summer 2016

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Bless The Fallen

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Bless The Fallen

Bless the fallen, the less than ghost faces

that haunt this cityscape.

Bless the one who cannot give, who cannot

nurse a broken heart.

Bless the one hardened by degrees, by small failures

that mount a life incapable.

Bless the proud bearer of truth who cannot be humbled,          

blinded by spiritual vanity.

Bless the arrogant, the one who feels movement

only by force.

Bless the bearer of bitterness, who has no stronghold

but hate.

Bless the one who fails to see the birds fly, hear

the angels in their dreams.

Forgive us our canyons where self-pity reigns

and self-pity devours.

Hold us near the harbour light though the chaos of sea

be the only realm 

we, as of yet, have known.

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Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

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.First published in “The Seventh Quarry, Issue 24” Summer 2016

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet and author.
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“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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