photo by mauricio alejandro ramos
Allison Grayhurst has had over 280 poems published in more than 165 international journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published ten other books of poetry and four 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 recently published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012.
She lives in Toronto with family. She also sculpts, working with clay.
Before I Go
Before I go
and put out the campfire,
offering my condolences
to the abandoned child,
I will let my grief go first,
I will dispel it as energy
gathered between my palms, then blow it
like seeds of transformation out of my blood
and into a happy beginning.
Now I will go. Summer is here and my sorrow
has lost its footing. I will make a collage of
my crashed expectations,
peel away the crust until I
unveil a flower.
Talking is useless, right now,
only moving matters,
walking away from an impossible situation -
only going - releasing
the ghost to haunt its four corners,
releasing my failure
to create love.