Footsteps Passing

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Footsteps Passing

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I have looked in the mirror

and found everything ruled

by old age

nature

clouds and labour

Do not say, this city is my hope

We all have tasted delusions

absorbed by the sound of footsteps

coming closer, passing

Too much is lacking.

Fame

is my hand

pressed in wet pavement

The future is desire

going to bed overtired

overdrunk with wishes and blindness

Do not tell me the world is gentle

or to kill a mosquito

is a matter of self-defence

Believe you?

What can it matter?

My best friends

I perish beside

Pockets are picked

Sensitivity feeds addiction

I have learned

the stars are wise

by reason of their incredible glow

And that dying

is a great deal less important

than the smallest of favours

done with a smile.

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Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst

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Joshua’s Shoulder was published  in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.

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First published in “The Plowman: A Journal of International Poetry” 1989

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You can listen to this poem by clicking below:

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“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.” – Next Exit

“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

“Allison Grayhurst is a poet whose work is characterized by startling imagery and uncompromising emotion, whose pieces have appeared in prestigious magazines. Lights, darks, colors, and passions intertwine throughout the pages of her work,” – Louise E. Allin, Literature and Language

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Kneel Beside Love

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Kneel Beside Love

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If ever you kneel beside love

strip yourself in the midnight cold

and your heart expands

moist

like ice on heat

feels the flood

the zealous delight

uprooting misery

in moments too marvelous for words . . .

 

Gardeners, lovers

you decide

the wish

beside each other

faces are made real

inadequacies vanish

leaving no trace of murder

or time

 

What you feel

walking

in this pulsing spring

daring such joy

no illness could alter

What you feel

briefly

as you join skin and souls . . .

 

creating refuge

even death

cannot violate.

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Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst

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Joshua’s Shoulder was published  in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.

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Published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2016

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

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First published in “The Plowman: A Journal of International Poetry” 1989

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/kneel-beside-love.m4a

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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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“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.” – Next Exit

“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

“Allison Grayhurst is a poet whose work is characterized by startling imagery and uncompromising emotion, whose pieces have appeared in prestigious magazines. Lights, darks, colors, and passions intertwine throughout the pages of her work,” – Louise E. Allin, Literature and Language

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Watchman Of The Night

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Watchman Of The Night

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From the horizon

he emerges

winged man

sapphire eyes

savagely unfurling his bright feathers

 

He cups the salt from the sea

takes it to his mouth as nourishment –

pellets to spew at the sky

 

Then up!

twisting with the wind

dancing in the aura of the setting sun

 

His silver hair

flares the sky

his midnight lips

lost in haunting song

 

Chariots, tigers

race, prowl

around his blue body

 

Swirling, he meets the moon

and takes his place among the stars.

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Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst

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Joshua’s Shoulder was published  in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.

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Published in “Spillwords Press” August 2017

 

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Sculpture “Faith” © copyright by Allison Grayhurst 2012; photograph of sculpture “Faith” © copyright by Ava Harness 2012

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First published in “JVC Poetry Newsletter” 1989 under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (aka Allison Grayhurst)

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/watchman-of-the-night.m4a

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“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.” – Next Exit

“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

“Allison Grayhurst is a poet whose work is characterized by startling imagery and uncompromising emotion, whose pieces have appeared in prestigious magazines. Lights, darks, colors, and passions intertwine throughout the pages of her work,” – Louise E. Allin, Literature and Language

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Wingbeats

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Wingbeats

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I could tell you

never close your eyes

it is us

and us only

who carry the iron

and dismiss ourselves from the cross

Where is home?

Can you answer me

in this month of sensuous summer?

When we love

is it enough

to entice the dead from their settled sleep?

I once heard the sound of pain

in an old man’s voice

It was real

the magic of song

milk from a mother’s swollen breast

the authentic desire

for union

Every vineyard

has its legend

Every someone

wanders protected and important

in this long age of insanity

Nearly all dancers

have hesitated,

felt their passions, suspicious

unnatural impulses

depleting their strength

But so –

heaven is not a womb

nor a winter’s twilight

intense but brief

I once saw a golden eagle

repeat its wingbeats

alone in the breeze

flapping

as if to say:

I know myself

completely.

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Copyright © 1989 by Allison Grayhurst

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Joshua’s Shoulder was published  in 1989 by The Plowman, written by Allison Grayhurst under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.

Joshua's shoulderimg157

For Every Rain Cover 5

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Published in “Sacred Chickens” August 2017

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First published in “The Plowman: A Journal of International Poetry” 1989

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/wingbeats.m4a

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“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.” – Next Exit

“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

“Allison Grayhurst is a poet whose work is characterized by startling imagery and uncompromising emotion, whose pieces have appeared in prestigious magazines. Lights, darks, colors, and passions intertwine throughout the pages of her work,” – Louise E. Allin, Literature and Language

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