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INTERNATIONAL POETRY MINI CARNIVAL

UNDER THE VINES
(by Allison Grayhurst)

Ways the willow swishes freely,
washing the wind into the sun.
Child in a tree fort dives fearlessly,
surging with elation to and fro:
over snails and uncut grass,
elements passing, back against
the evening sun.

Waves are the evidence of the ocean’s breathing.
Minds run swift, masterpieces of destinations,
forming their own geography.
Reality burns like a blood-clot -
an over-stuffed museum, updating slow.
Pirates of power and horoscopes bleating,
the only refuge is to forget.

Out through a backyard window, the willow tree
owns both ground and sky.
Imagination comes as suffering’s negation,
potpourri to the stench of debt and worse-things owed.
Destruction overtakes too easily,
like a once-hollow ditch, now satisfied with its
fill of bones. All needs are political. Heaven
comes close in secret Sex, immortalizing flesh,
though never arresting decay.

Child on a vine joined with the ways of the willow,
swinging, thrown-off shoes.






Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 395 poems published in more than 200 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers 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 published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. Her e-chapbook Surrogate Dharma is pending publication by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com


       




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