Allison Grayhurst – Two Poems

By This Love

By this love
we have learned to pluck
the honest word and place
it freely.
By this love
we have lived a good thing
unlike the things of dark regress.
We have robed the stick figures
of half-made breath in gold
and the scent of animals.
We have touched the minnow fish and the
primordial whale. The clouds speak to us
when lack of money hurts the gorgeous morning
and we are nightmarishly beckoned barefoot across
white ice. Then you tell me things of wild eternity
to keep my regrets from overtaking.
And how I love you
even when I am slipping headfirst
down the brownish stream.

When darkness fell
like soot upon my lashes,
when the medicine cabinet was open
and my addictions were spoiled,
when the bird feeder was rigged
and dreams were all I owned,
your smile raised me
and gave me dominion over
the music. You were my
mansion in the bloody winter before
adulthood, and somehow your hands
built me a ship to cross the heartache and the void.
Now I live with you in a world
of our child, in the miracle of togetherness and in the opening
of tomorrow’s years. We moved out of the wilderness
and found that love is all that can keep
our light from sinking. And so, our bed
is warm and our child is
as tender as a tiny finch, and just
as full of song.

Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 450 poems published in more than 225 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published eleven 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. More recently, her e-chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay;

Some of places her work has appeared in include Parabola (summer 2012); Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry, Storm Cellar, New Binary Press Anthology; The Brooklyn Voice; Straylight Literary Magazine; The Milo Review; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; The New Quarterly; Wascana Review; Poetry Nottingham International; The Cape Rock; Ayris; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry; The Toronto Quarterly; Fogged Clarity, Boston Poetry Magazine; Decanto; White Wall Review.