A Gathering of Birds
Bringing back birds,
bare sparrow hearts
spectrums of sensuality
the straw-strings of hesitation into
a tight rope capable of sustaining
any tension, true
to channeling more
across pale illusionary divides, dedicated
to slowing the pace, to branding
souls with tender revealing and
reminding the mind of rare waters –
long stretches of unconscious completion
becomes a state of faith
all joys are possible,
is the gratitude for good things imagined, trust
in what rises, eventually
dissipates or flowers.
Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 10” May 2015
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“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) poetry appears visceral, not for the faint of heart, and moves forward with a dynamism, with a frenetic pulse. If you seek the truth, the physical blood and bones, then, by all means, open the world into which we were all born,” Anne Burke, poet, regional representative for Alberta on the League of Canadian Poets’ Council, and chair of the Feminist Caucus.
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