As Far As This Light
To be at the point of breaking, always
but never torn.
A season that fills my skull, steals
embraces from my arms.
All is new like the first
like the squirrel and the centipede
witnessed for the first time
as pure presence.
Such clarity I cannot cloud with
distraction, cannot thin
the intensity of this load.
that finds me, bends me, wills
The Path I Followed
The topping night
presses its muddied finger
on me. Wounded, like
a country seized by internal strife.
Wounded, like a forehead fraught
with grief as ghosts spy on
and dissemble sensual minds.
The unmarried night, companion
to discordant prayers that rise as hopes
fall, handcuffs my despair to its
wet, warmless belly. My breast breaks
as I walk past porches, a schoolyard, new-cut
grass, breaks to hear the voices of strangers
so unconnected to my own, breaks in the night
like a sparrow between talons, says not a word
but walks further to where
no eye summons the gift of kindness,
and love is given without a gentle tongue.
Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, and she has over 850 poems published in more than 375 international journals and anthologies.
Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published twelve other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published,
Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press in December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press,
Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014. More recently, her chapbook No Raft No Ocean was published in October 2015 by Scars Publications. She also has a chapbook Currents pending publication in 2016 with Pink.Girl.Ink. Press. She is a vegan. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com
Allison's work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; and the The American Aesthetic.