Rilke

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Rilke

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You have given me

a stoic ideal and also

the comfort of knowing of the deepest dreamer’s fragility.

You – in the rain,

running with your rage, disappointment and poverty

until you reached the angels and the animals

who spoke to your uncertain heart and spilled

their clarity into you, into words for you that formed

like a reprieve from the monsters and the

chaos of failure. They held you in their

Sabbath for a moment of prayer, until

thrust again into your anguished wilderness, you sunk

away from joy, leaving behind an imprint of happening –

engrained in the realm of all else that ripples

intangible, eternal.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “ArtVilla”, July 2017

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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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Mystic

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Mystic

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For twelve years

without a word.

Holed up in rented rooms,

head buried in bug-infested beds,

tracing the cracks on the walls.

Nights of circling the executioner, trying to find

some sympathy inside his corroded eyes

but never finding the radiant solidity of sculpture,

only finding intangible corners to hide in, bide your time

in and anxiously explore. You were sobbing,

unmedicated, from country to town, learning new

languages, living off the charity of Queens.

How did you make it, hammered every day

by the troops of torture and captivity? Everyday,

without antidote? I love you here. Does that love count,

to you, dead long before I was born? It must

help, transcending gravity and logic. It must mean

something – I to you as you to me –

 

my brave  my heavy

star.

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Copyright © 2011 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Collective Exile”

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“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) poetry appears visceral, not for the faint of heart,
and moves forward with a dynamism, with a frenetic pulse. If you seek the truth,
the physical blood and bones, then, by all means, open the world into which
we were all born,” Anne Burke, poet, regional representative for Alberta 
on the League of Canadian Poets’ Council, and chair of the Feminist Caucus.

“What a treasure Allison Grayhurst is. Her gift? To unfold for us life at this intensity of feeling and revelation. Who knew truth and beauty could be so intertwined and so passionate?,” Taylor Jane Green BA, RIHR, CH, Registered Holistic Talk Therapist, and author of Swan Wheeler: A North American Mythology, Swan – A Planetary Mythology, and The Rise of Eros, 2014.

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