By Allison Grayhurst

Unearthly dreams
illuminate him
where gardens
lay their petals to rest.
They creep now, his eyes,
into sad and forbidden
realms
of insanity’s broken weight.
 
Loose threads
dangling from his mind.
Loose thoughts
that have no ending.
Lost on his lips, something
unleashed like music, something
like my love.
 
       Find me alone
       inside bedroom walls,
       take these useless hands,
       allow them to touch
       the impossible
 
He makes the bell ring
He turns the lights off
He takes the bareback horse
and gallops
into the cutting dark.
 
The stars, they say,
lose all balance
when he rides.

 

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems were nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2015, and one eight-part story-poem was nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2017. She has over 1150 poems published in more than 460 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published sixteen 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 December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series. In 2015, her book No Raft – No Ocean was published by Scars Publications. More recently, her book Make the Wind was published in 2016 by Scars Publications. As well, her book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published in 2016 by Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group). She is a vegan. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com

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