shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 550 poems published in international journals and anthologies. She has eleven published books of poetry and five collections, as well as six chapbooks and one e-chapbook. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay;

Allison Grayhurst

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Circle the dollar, a plant is shining
in streams from the sun.
I came from the darkness,
fierce, yet frail like one wounded
by the touch of something too beautiful.
In my hands a star was destroyed
like a minnow out of water gasping in the harsh air.
Songs and stories are what I have.
The answers I once played with are perishing
and only the vision remains.
I think this is good, though it feels as though I failed
my sounding fire and wetlogged my faith.
What was shadow is now solid, and the solid has
thinned to a smoky stream.