Circle lifted

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Circle lifted

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It is the same, no different

as a tumble-rumble with God.

 

Intimacy so perfect it is

deviation – so breath-taking,

it creates breath by                                                 

sheer surrender

 

blind worship.

coming home. the summit

of the highest of angels.

 

Purified by

the emptying out and also by

actively keeping the beat. Primal

Garden – why can’t they see?

 

Is it potent as touching or potent as a body-

jolt, pacifying into temporary equilibrium?

 

Is it me, just me

in this place no one can enter

– God & me, together

lacking attainable expression?

 

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Published in “Lunar Lit Poetry Page” October 2015

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Cupped

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Cupped

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Two bodies of water converge, merge

coalesce – incorporation.

 

Lines of symmetry formed,

synchronicity mastered.

 

Laws owed only to

controlled experimentation – devoid

of succulent flow, surprise,

tied to the many life-draining

ramifications of technique.

 

The nodes of mystery cannot be uncovered,

only the outline revealed, after that,

the root mantra gets conveyed.

 

Like futile attempts at flossing between

two great mountains bonded

by unrest and solid slates –

century-slow-permanent addition.

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Published in “Calliope. Volume 2, Issue 10” October 2015

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Published in “Quail Bell Magazine” November 2015

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Published in “Viral Cat” Fall 2015

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Matchstick, Acorn Hill

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Matchstick, acorn hill

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Some altered landscapes go unnoticed,

hidden by mature growth,

lush angular anomalies,

and streets continue on

as though limping was not a hindrance

only an eccentricity – limping slow

as our sun’s heat is slow to reach the exoplanets

or slow as destined love can be before it is

fully embraced.

 

Self-definitions needing

to be re-defined and illusions

of future bliss needing

to be released for more authentic possibilities.

Years of pebble-hopping, fresh denials

embodied into lifestyles.

The spot is marked. Grass stained,

unwashable, obvious to everyone,

 

but you are on the rafters, singing

to a made-up ghost, you are whistling

the tune you learned as a child,

whistling without variation,

plodding the automatic path

you were told would to lead to joy,

to a mandatory means of fulfillment,

 

instead of seeing and serving the deformity,

blessing its merging waters with your own,

becoming stronger still, blooming as it grows,

methodically eliminating your most coveted

expectations.

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Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Tiny Moments, anthology, Pringmill Media Corp.” March 2016

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“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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Past Obligation

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Past obligation

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Perched and listening,

a point of war.

Several days I lived in a hole,

shoulder shot by the blast

of a rubber hammer coming down.

Clear as pacing, counting

the clock ties, permits overdue,

you stayed like a waning moon, unobtrusive

in a cloud-cloaked sky –

the only light left to have. Somewhere in

that shady disaster I bought a dream,

almost new, with you, carefully walking

the wet rocks. I fell asleep and you stayed, documenting

my close-to-death dawn. Fishing me out of the fishtank,

releasing me into wide open waters.

Middle age is best, sea-worn but still pursuing.

You stayed – an island never claimed by reptiles,

a freight train, moving slow enough to chase and board.

Thank you for staying, for your fervent destiny

choke-collar-chain and your eyes

of tender extremes. I lay it down.

The lizard with the leaf.

The primal mysticism I built my struggle on.

I lay beside you, knowing you climbed many stairs

to find me, and you stayed.

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First published in “The Bond Street Review Summer 2015” August 2015

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“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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If I See

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If I see

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If I see God’s skin,

myself a season of

rain washing a field,

then my condition is final.

Doors keep collapsing

like elm-tree branches in an ice-storm.

Stars are weeds to Oblivion’s depths,

sea-floating, swaying with the motion of moons,

spreading weedy flowers of illumination.

 

I moved from my purgatory coffin,

opened my hand to hold yours. Did it matter?

To lift my head to hear your music?

A perpetual low-fuel

drainage, in me, this desire, hole, exposed

and storming, drip, drip, a spider-bite,

a great bird, small in a high height of sky.

 

Still, to be asleep again, before this battered bridge

beckoned me across, before the

culprit of caring cracked my anonymity, my

protective chamber fat with secrets, cold with no need.

 

Looking out, I cry, I could jump, exploring a soft wind.

If only I could stop looking, face

the lonely rushing in, face

the result of this failed equation –

damp dead field, drowned corners.

 

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“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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Evolution for some, not for all

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Evolution for some, not for all

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Piercing malleable opening,

a softness in the face

over ridden by cynical neglect.

Supper is almost ready, folly on

the garden steps.

Intonations speak the

underbelly layers of languages.

Puddles I deliberately

step in to know the intimacy of water,

the revival of being overpowered by the strongest

of all Earth’s elements.

Superimpose me on your raincloud.

I cry like Lazareth shedding his week-old shroud.

I stumble under the falcon’s swooping breath,

remembering myself prehistoric –

a bird before birds.

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First published in “Fragrance Poetry Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1” May 2015

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“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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A Gathering of Birds

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Bringing back birds,

bare sparrow hearts

tumbling through

spectrums of sensuality

unexplored,

braiding

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.

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

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“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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