Sunday/Sabbath

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Sunday/Sabbath

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Yesterday was a good day

indoors, all of us, in this changing sea

of deliverance, in this sometimes orange,

sometimes turquoise, little wood of home.

Paradise, we know your name, we stayed with you

yesterday, and you tore apart our darkness, joined us

like one stone.

Thank you for the children and the animals, thank you

for soulmate love and friendship, and for the sadness

we feel as winter approaches. On this inlet the wind

is clean, and we are always dancing or singing or making

new ways to put words.

The grass we walk in is prophesy – none

of this can die or be corrupted.

Yesterday was a good day. This place is a good place

This family is a herd of whales cresting

on the rush of a wave. And I who have found my belonging,

am so very in love

with each and all.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” July 2017

https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/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.

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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More Than Commitment

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More Than Commitment

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We see the bend

and the gulls in full motion

outside our door.

We feel the moon in our mouths

and foolish dreams

drip down our inner thighs.

It’s time to relinquish

our boat on the ferry docks, relinquish

our dearest pet at the graveyard.

It’s time to know the yellow lands of late summer –

let the air into our home and let the lock

on this sanctuary be broken –

to open more than possibilities,

more than a Sunday-hope.

We see the bend and we say goodbye,

out of the funnel

and into the luminous sky.

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Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Poetry at Sangam” March 2018

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/march-2018/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/allison-grayhurst/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/more-than-commitment/

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First published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017

http://www.sacredchickens.com/sacred-chickens-blog/allison-grayhurst-poetry

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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Everything turns

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Everything turns

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to betrayal and back,

to tainted forgiveness and the green bread

rising on the shelf, covered in bacteria.

Everything falls short of wonder, lasts only moments

until the toothache, the heartache, the slug inching

its way across the hot shadeless deck.

Everywhere is quicksand and venom from the ones

that claim they love – burnt hairs on the head,

a chipping away at the sacred bliss of true sensitivity.

Everyone loses the game, reaches for a glimpse

of angelic feet and receives one solitary teacup handle

glowing to show the way.

Everything is waiting on death,

for death’s drop from the dream.

Everytime it is the trying that counts,

the heart willing to release its hardness, again,

jump out, look up and serve the ball

(gravity and all)

to the faraway stars.

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Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Excavation” July 2017

https://excavatingtheunderground.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/everything-turns/

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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Funeral Wake

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Funeral Wake

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Now and again, the parade of kisses

and mourning. Thunder raging at the autumn winds

and at the first sign of human folly.

Winding up like thickened blood and vowels

helplessly hanging without a word.

I may be marble, or made of damp wood.

The shattered hymn swirls around like the cry

for hope, any hope, after death.

I may be without a garden

or a plot of land to call my own,

but I do own the hours I’ve spent

digging beneath the crust,

spying on the soft turf uncovered only in prayers

and in conversations of the crying.

I walk with these doubts as though

stranded on an unpredictable slope,

 coiling and uncoiling

as I speak, and then, I hold my breath.

I heard the lies ricochet up like an island

rising and sinking from

corner to corner. I heard the wish to forget

and the need to widen

the bed of memory, sharp and just as blank

as the eyes of those

in shock or as a heart drained of music,

calmed by nothing, not by bread, not by good fortune:

This season of grief just beginning.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “VerseWrights” October 2017

http://www.versewrights.com/aloud-grayhurst-3.html

http://www.versewrights.com/grayhurst-profile.html

http://www.versewrights.com/grayhurst-allison.html

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First published in “194, a literary journal” August 2017

http://1947journal.tumblr.com/post/163350337679/we-hold-these-persons-by-allison-grayhurst

 

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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OnlyOneGod

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OnlyOneGod

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In you I place

the hope of centuries,

a hope beginning before

the pounding of water on rock.

For you I sang the anthem

of my ancient race and

waited to hear a reply.

Before you, I stand

revealed, lonely, in need of change.

Against you, I lean

like a child who has never known parents

or any connection for so so long.

Because of you, I remember

the gifts in my hands, the core of my striving

and the reasons I have

to stay

  with you

  in you

  where I place

  my will and means

              to be restored.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “SUFI Journal, Issue #95 Sacred Spaces” June 2018

https://www.sufijournal.org/95-featured-poet/

https://www.sufijournal.org/sufi-back-issues/

https://www.sufijournal.org/sufijournal-latest-issue/

Sufi Journal Issue 95

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First published in “New Mystics” August 2017

http://www.newmystics.com/lit/AllisonGrayhurst.html

http://www.newmystics.com/documents/AllisonGrayhurst-Poems3.pdf

 

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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Son of no one

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Son of no one

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There never was a moment for you

when freedom could have

ripped your destiny in two – where choice not chance

could have uncornered your existence.

Because you took every risk – collapsing in the shadows,

coveting the Egyptian Buddha.

Your breath is like a child’s, breaking on a slab of rock

held close to your face. I would fan the sun for you

if it would make a difference, if your shoes would stay tied

and your rage would stay at bay. I would

pluck the curse from your veins, if there was something to

pluck, if it wasn’t acceptance and only acceptance that

would change the curse, not remove it, but alter its outcome.

I love your eyes, beneath your dark

ridge brows. I hear you singing in

the middle of the night. I can

taste the salt on your lips. You want to be cold, but you

can’t be. You were made this way, to enter the world at

your own pace. You are elemental, wider than your history.

You are not alone. And that

is something.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Poetry at Sangam” March 2018

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/march-2018/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/allison-grayhurst/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/son-of-no-one/

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First published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017

http://www.sacredchickens.com/sacred-chickens-blog/allison-grayhurst-poetry

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Published in “VerseWrights” December 2017

http://www.versewrights.com/aloud-grayhurst-4.html

http://www.versewrights.com/

http://www.versewrights.com/grayhurst-profile.html

http://www.versewrights.com/grayhurst-allison.html

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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Secret

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Secret

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We share an altered epiphany each night

we merge below water, never speaking

but touching satin against soul, tumbling

in our home-spun ecstasy

like the pounding of pure birth.

We rise and fall speechless, buried

in the radiance of our realm where we journey,

our skins seeped in sensuality,

still discovering after nineteen years, building a depth

unencountered – the two of us,

bending, refitting the mantra

of male and female confinement,

drugged by the surprise, by the thickened lips of our

controlled urgency, blind to all but each other,

the muse of our

naked dancing, breathing, visceral releasing, and

at the end, laughing as though we were seeing

our first ever snow fall.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Poetry at Sangam” March 2018

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/march-2018/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/allison-grayhurst/

http://poetry.sangamhouse.org/2018/03/secret/

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First published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017

http://www.sacredchickens.com/sacred-chickens-blog/allison-grayhurst-poetry

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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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