Happy Summer Coming

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Happy Summer Coming

Days of blessings –

my happy family,

a home to lay my pillow in,

a future to work toward

and a spectrum-wide love

that makes all the difficulties

hop the train and head for another town.

Finally a lifting that has taken so long,

an ease permeating floorboards, rising

to level with my nose.

Finally a breaking away from survival’s

clamped umbilical cord and a dignity

rushing in to overwrite the hardships.

Days of being satisfied, of no-more-gasping.

Days to let the arms hang relaxed

and give thanks again

for seeing us through.

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Copyright © 2004 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.

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Mustard Seed

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Mustard Seed

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I know your name,

but not your face,

octagon of tiny wonder

changing as I move through

my days, cloaked in the drain

and joy of your mystery.

I think I can feel you sometimes

sitting beside me, playing games

with your sister and laughing with

all the rest.

I think of someone fiercely beautiful

merging souls so easily with the family-us.

I touch my belly, remaining clothed

in this still-normal body.

I turn the lights out early, happy

when I think of the future.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” July 2017

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

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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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Under My Skin

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Under My Skin

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In this month

slumbering onward,

I feel your kick

saying that ‘yes’ a change is

coming – one so strong it will

open many doors along side it.

I press my hand against my

belly and wish for you a healthy world

of open spaces and unwavering affection.

I have no fear of the boy you will be.

I have darkness in me I cannot shake,

but that has no hold –

for it has always been love

that has carried me along.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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First published in “Dreaming Big Publications”, July 2017

http://www.dreamingbigpublications.com/blog/under-my-skin-by-allison-grayhurst

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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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One Little Heart

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One Little Heart

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One little heart

graced with purity.

Yellow hair and happy eyes

and all the dreams of a child’s mind

like the shape of a butterfly in the drain,

or elephants in mushroom soup.

 

One little girl

dancing to sunshine

making eccentric faces

and laughing outloud.

 

One little child

painting pictures with her hands,

crying hard for babyhood

and spilling her fears on the ground.

 

One little heart

unknowing of all the gifts she gives,

of how much love she allows to live

and change this place called home.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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First published in “Chicago Record Magazine”, July 2017

http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/07/

http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/07/eagle-bound-by-evil-kind-that-hasno.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.

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Because

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Because

Because of you

my heart has hatched

its most treasured nerve.

I am no longer nagged by the sulphur darkness

that carves away the surface from my lungs.

Because of you

we have two more to join us on our journey.

Two children, ruled by humour and the deep-drawn breath.

I no longer need false conversation,

struggling to understand the flow.

Because of you

my love has learned how to conjure more love,

reap then sow.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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Published in “The Antarctic Journal” August 2017

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/soul-fountain/contributors/

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/?s=allison+grayhurst

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/poem-allison-grayhurst/

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First published in “Chicago Record Magazine”, July 2017

http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/07/

http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/07/eagle-bound-by-evil-kind-that-hasno.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.

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For Life

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For Life

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Though I am laden with the weight

of preparation and the physical pull

of this marveling change, I feel

your kindness like cool weather

cradle me within this cloud.

I am grateful for you and your

untiring compassion – the way we breathe

as one and plant our tears in the same dark

alley. Though it is hard for me to

harvest my love, the wood burns bright

beneath my exhausted frame.

I look at you and know I am not lost

from the blue skies of glory.

I know your love is tremendous – you are the one

who keeps me standing, drills for me a passage

out of this thorny undertow and shows me

the beauty of today, here

in my hands.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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First published in “Wildflower Muse”, July 2017

  https://wildflowermuse.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/for-life/

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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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Siblings

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Siblings

Her laughter breaks your fold,

wedding you to your primal joy.

Your extremes keep tune with her emotions,

setting them close to yours and your

canvas of sharp colours.

She has no veil. You have no hidden chamber,

just the charm of your sleepers

and your dimpled cheeks.

She loves you like kin should,

dancing for your comfort and crazed

intensity. She makes you

happy, her soft voice connected

to you like a necessary limb.

She is just a small child, and you, have not

even arrived that far, yet already

your steps are locked – each one’s light clearly

helping illuminate the other’s.

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Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst

3013

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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Published in “The Antarctic Journal” September 2017

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/poem-siblings-allison-grayhurst/

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/tag/grayhurst/

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/soul-fountain/contributors/

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/soul-fountain/contributors/

http://www.antarcticajournal.com/soul-fountain/contributors/

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First published in “Poet’s Corner”, June 2017

https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/siblings/

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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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