Sacred Beginnings

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Sacred Beginnings

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I love you under water

in the crescent cracks of rocks

where the roots of the rose begin,

inside the weather’s tailspin

where you colour my sleep

with your dance, and loving you

is worth more than I could ever offer.

I love you beside the coral reefs, even when

the serpent and shark are near. I love you

in the sandbox as we make our miracles

daily, pointing at every passing bird.

I love you with yesterday’s dinner

in the fridge, before and after the starlight falls.

I love you in each bubble we blow, in every fever we share,

and in our synchronized laughter, gracing

this mother and daughter sphere.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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Our Children Are Orchards

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First published in “Peacock Journal” October 2016 and “Peacock Journal – Beauty First Anthology” January 2017

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Allison Grayhurst – Four Poems

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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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My Little Wonder

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My Little Wonder

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By the light there broke

a heart of no comparison.

Hers was the eye of the mountain,

the vibration of the tides, and

the colours of the Mediterranean fish.

Hers was the lost star found,

the end of revenge, the juice of our single moon.

In a womb where her legend almost died

and the hangman knelt before the doctor’s foot,

I made a promise to her land and the sigh

of her raving waters. I marked her tree in our

backyard and bent to wash her hair.

Hers was a boat that bore no time, a leaf

in the midnight air.

My old joy is the shell of this new one,

for she is my workgloves and cathedral.

Hers are footprints on the sun.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Corner Club Press, Volume 5, Issue 19” January 2016

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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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The God I Follow

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The God I Follow

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          The God I follow

is the breastbone of all beginnings,

the gallop in the maimed animal,

the grief that murders any half-measures,

and lifts all eyes to meet the sun.

          The God I love is love

unexplained, strange as the depths

of the oceans and strong as gravity.

This love swims through chimneys and air vents,

cloaks the guilty and the saved, is reborn

in every merciful eye.

          The God I follow is forgiveness,

blind to all but the true measures of the heart,

is the arrow that hits the hungry

and bends to the burn of divine surrender.

          The God I love is personal as the body,

is a lifetime pasture of rich anguish

and gentle revelations.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Leaves of Ink” December 2015

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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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Let Us Show A Tender Love . . .

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Let Us Show A Tender Love . . .

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otherwise the moon would be

half a shadow and the wasp,

a sandbox companion . . .

otherwise a gentle wind would

scorch the birds and seventy years

of staying alive would be ineffectual . . .

otherwise the rain would die and

I would bear my bed like the torturer’s glove . . .

otherwise, the trees would crouch

to the dead earth and the eyelid of God

would remain forever closed . . .

otherwise the child would plan his days

by astrology’s chart and the broken hearted

would long no more . . .

otherwise home would be a filthy cave

and my bath could never drain,

but would remain a stagnant

murky cold . . .

 

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Leaves of Ink” December 2015

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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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In League With . . .

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In League With . . .

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Drive away the battle-weary heart

as the guilt rises like smoke from a cigarette

into a spring afternoon.

It has ended as bones do with time

in earth, cold, as the last maggot clings.

And pride has expanded your belt

as though it were a fetus, growing, demanding

the best of your nourishment.

Carry this on the knee of your cracked imagination

and dispense with your volumes of hurt

done to you by so many hands.

For your tune is repeating, and still your country grows.

Candles and candles to keep alit so your enterprise

of bitterness is warm with stirring.

My eye has overlooked,

and sometimes I ruin my joy

by taking a step on your tiles

so tormented and full of useless fury.

Golden is the calling we were given

but life-determining is the way we sway or twist

to answer it.

And night is not the end.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Duane’s PoeTree” January 2016

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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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Letting Go

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Letting Go

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I throw up my hands

and feel the diving snow reaching me

from its place beyond the sky.

I make phone calls beside the bones

of a crumbled friendship

and say this is me and a good season

to open doors beneath my scared skin.

It is time to forgive the hardness of others

and my own turned-up defense,

time to re-walk the corridors and let

my disappointments be covered

and stored.

 

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Lunar Lit Poetry Page” November 2015

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http://lunarlit.blogspot.ca/2015/11/letting-go-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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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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Not Afraid

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Not Afraid

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I speak and climb the edges

but my voice falls

like used candy onto

turned-up ground.

I dream and chisel, and

sometimes so utterly sure

of what my days have taught me

and of the flowers they have nurtured,

I lie down and am content.

But the world withers at my doorstep

and my fire is just for show. Just another soul

in the great cavity of home and anonymity.

Like a love that cannot live unless

it is given, my words crack as they pile up

in filing cabinets in rooms where time runs on and out.

I feed between heartache and wait on the predictable

fashion of clever tricks, waiting

for an alibi.

 

 

Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Stone Face Literary Zine” November 2015

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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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