new poem – not a poem

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new poem – not a poem

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Block and embrace the energy action,

circular, the fastest stroke of curved precision.

Bend to grow strong and final as a setting sun

seems to be.

Above all else, wait for the promise to gain

momentum, height, far from where

the common acceptance will allow.

Wait for the baptism, the tenth time around, baptism

into deeper layers of valley rhythms – heaven is in these depths.

Fulfilment and freedom comes better under the weight of

spiritual obligation to God.

       To God:

I climb close to you. I find you outside

of my lineage, including my walking and my

destination. I know you now as a solid

certainty. I love you though I am still

close to breaking, close to you,

permanently placed on the threshold

where all things begin and all things end.

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.
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dead cold moon

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dead cold moon

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Lay it to rest, accept

it like gravity or the

flight that lasts only moments

before a fall.

Excuses made to maintain the shrine of inward pressure,

voyaging to the harbor then back out to sea, never

touching shore or dipping a foot into the ocean.

I tried to make a quarantined country, a library

of unreal tales, a mythology without leaven.

Spear-headed, tossing, unwrapped and wailing

before a shattered creation. Playing unnoticed.

It is dark. Too many rulers burnt by stubborn commitments.

Children give courage to each other, mountains bleed.

Resting is replenishing, ambition is irrevocably removed.

I am nothing but God’s child.

I am nothing except when living

with consciousness that I am

God’s child – servant on a dead cold moon

a servant saved

(burning still)

on that dead cold moon.

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Published in “The Wagon Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1” April 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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The Stain

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The Stain

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It seems it has been there forever. But

if I think back, I remember

when it happened – dark, sticky

with a faint repugnant scent,

avoiding it, so as to not soil

my shoes, avoiding because

What was it? Paint or tar?

Whatever it was it was most

probably toxic, not supposed to be there

where children ride their bikes, walk

their scooters, or hold hands with their

dead-pan caregivers or mothers

talking on cellphones,

holding both phone and child’s hand

with equal pressure.

I still avoid it like a crusted-over wound turned

to a scar, turned to a permanent deformity.

I have wondered why no one has every cleared

it up, chalk-drew over it,

around it, even the sparrows avoid it and I think

everyone who walks by, walking home or to the subway

pretends not to see it, because it does not belong there –

there with the sidewalk sweepers and garden planters.

It is an aberration – in summer, when

the snow melts, when the snow first falls.

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First published in “The Literary Nest, Volume 2, Issue 1” April 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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See

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See

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I see you now like I didn’t before,

see the eclipsing cataclysmic drive,

heavy in its consumption, consuming

me with images of you and the upper reaches

of your forehead, upper scope of divine desire,

filtering down my throat, into arm sinews, fingers

and finally my teacup, drinking again.

Why did you make me see,

give me urgency, anxiety unquenchable?

Hot-lip inheritor, a catastrophic omen, cutting down

my log house, cutting up the loving stars.

 

I see you now and cannot see again

ideals to strive for, homesteads of subterranean warmth.

Wait under water, wait beside the fleshy fins of mauled

corpses. This reality is mine, although I tried

to make something different, tried to grow great

gardens in the sand.

 

I see you now – illusionist,

collector of willing followers, a games keeper,

selling me out to see how devoted I remain,

to see how bravely I live after I see, after this fall.

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Published in “The Wagon Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1” April 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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If I knew this haunting

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If I knew this haunting

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Melted, swung high over the sea,

plunging into the perishing darkness.

No one sees me, single as a stone,

madness on my island even with gifts

of peaches, blueberries, sunlight and sun-birds.

Windows are never here. The truth is

a deep-throat dread, lower belly drain, water gone,

shadow in between. Swing over a mound

of dry bones that used to be flowers, hummingbird

retreats. Shattered glass greenhouse in winter’s embrace.

Nothing flows. It tried to flow and for

awhile I can remember the small animals,

remember ease while breathing, myself

more silence than flutter.

I can remember walking on high wet grass –

rolling fields all around, walking to keep

from eclipsing, determined to walk, and not

burn at the roots.

 

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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And though the news is bad

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And though the news is bad

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It is time

to accept happiness

like a decision or commitment

to faith regardless of

the mammal body breaking,

fraught with meaningless shifts

of further incompletions, setbacks

from the full flight swoop-ridged

impasse, sudden hot glass thrown

on the garden path, a child in jeopardy

of a mudslide, sliding into hospital beds,

doorways diminished like trampled flowers

but

happiness is a hug of a day-away-coming-home,

conversations in subway cars built on curiosity

and excitement, happiness is knowing God when

the rats and rain win over our moon,

is the miracle-motion extreme, tiptoeing the edge,

a wave of great mercy,

rich with oxygen currents, flooding, then

overflowing.

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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…I exist!

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…I exist!

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Seal me up

and wash the river.

Sunny days to sing

“It is over, over!”

Frozen perfection,

alive but dying

cliffs and cupboards

waving hello

to the ruthless Earth,

plastic in the nest

I am hungry

I am whole

Facing mortality

to make something immortal,

encountering the dark part

of God’s loins – orgasmic

reckoning, not afraid to make faces,

stick out your tongue,

not denying the chaos of pain –

Fingertips unused

and brighter burns,

where are you?

Snow ploughs and stone,

no more copying, but

diving, owning the

pathway yet to be made

clear, owning the receptive

flowing-in of grace. Old grooves

removed. The bird knows this

and shouts its song.

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Published in “Scarlet Leaf Review” April 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“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. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

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