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Two Poems by Allison Grayhurst: "Turned" and "Purest Obedience"


I turn my head

stiff with anxiety’s brutality and shame.

I fill my lungs with the cold fumes

of survival and find myself

lost from the legacy of miracles on my garments,

lost from the jewels under every stone in my yard.

I turn my head

and I see again the gifts that pull me through,

every time, each time at the last minute.

So why do I suffer in doubt, blistering

with fears that never hold water? The world

teaches me it is calculating and void of mercy.

God teaches me of only mercy, of treasures

astounding and undeserved but given with the love

of a thousand parents to their only child, teaches

me not to listen to the babbling crowd so full

of good advice and my future’s concerns.

God speaks of grace, with grace manifesting at each

brick corner I face. At every impossible deliverance,

I am delivered.

I release my held-back breath.

I accept your goodness like a song that has finally

developed to fruition, sunning the darkness

once so coveted

in my head -


Purest Obedience

Like a fierce wind

driven by the fires of Jerusalem, he

overtakes me from my eyelashes to my

fingernails, mends the hole in my sock,

the scar on my lip.

Like a new truth spoken, like the

veils of God dropping, he calls me

to his table, cleans my confusion,

spins me on my axle and holds his hand to mine.

He is the one thing guiding,

the one that takes all else into itself,

saturating me with good fear

and with the safety that children know

beside a parent's accepted love.

© Allison Grayhurst

Allison Greyhurst

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three times nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, she has over 880 poems published in over 390 international journals. She has twelve published books of poetry, seven collections, nine chapbooks, and a chapbook pending publication. She lives in Toronto with her family. She is a vegan. She also sculpts, working with clay;

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