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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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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Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst

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

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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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First published in “Stepping Stones Magazine” August 2015

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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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Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst

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

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A Gathering of Birds

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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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Paired

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Paired

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Hole in the sky we go

through. Other way

around, we exit on the peak.

Oblong mercy is the natural order

of things. We see an innate

camera reciting images

made up of everyone’s fluid flames,

discovering everyone’s life is short.

 

I remember sleeping in a dark summer,

remember the innards of the cave I strode into,

making a home out of its

damp walls and dirt.

I never meant to leave that home, never thought

I could find one to hold awareness with such intensity, savoring

the brink-edge depths, even

expanding the boundaries. Never thought to be coupled,

completed in an evolving perfection, never thought

I could find one to give me permission to embody my desires,

discover my desires before I do, then honor the reciprocation

of mutual satisfied longing.

 

Our bodies become spiritual.

Ourselves, undivided

from the fixed-point and from the no-point

chaos blues. Our gift

is a box of fresh fruit, full

whenever opened – mixed

succulent, surprising pleasures.

Ours is a wholeness that

can be experienced without complications

because we know that death makes God

necessary, and because

we are braver, only capable

when we are where we stood

before our births, each pore

mingled, sensitized, our organs submerged

in the consciousness of this re-joining,

speaking in tongues, with tongues and touch.

The time of only light awakened, then

the time before light

entered, restored.

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First published in “Down in the Dirt, Volume 132”, October 2015 and online “Scars Publication” April 2015 and “Sunlight in the Sanctuary” anthology, November 2015, and “the Intersection” anthology, November 2015, and “hello goodbye   goodbye hello” anthology

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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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Seepage

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Seepage

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Weeks arrive to lay bare

the corpse of a wasted dream –

my ideals unfounded, measured with

a spoon. I loved and I’ve had to kill that love

purposefully, stepping over

into a territory of arctic

severity and separation.

 

It is natural

for me, a citizenship I owned hanging out in churches,

on church benches, shushed from yawning.

I knew God more in the forest,

quickening my pace on paths

edging cliffs. Swallows circling as I did

a flawless land.

 

I knew God best in my bed, talking, never repeating

phrases learned, but earnestly in conversation.

I know God still sometimes

when I am close enough, able to smell our rudimentary union,

brush the locks and flares of your deep and fierce sun

as it rotates within a galaxy riddled rich with stars and asteroids,

when I am in your radar-stream,

pulverized by the intensity of your purity –

porous, cracking, becoming more,

many, smaller and such

unexpected immediacy.

Giving birth. Giving up

my hard-won understanding.

 

To fail for you is a victory that

arrives like an ultimatum,

and I am singing – this is new.

It is an embrace,

a personal annihilation to be honored,

swallowed as I am, utterly

into your glow.

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First published in “Versewrights” March 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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