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The poet is unable to let go the barren desert landscape of the mind. Yet, she knows that freedom and resurrection are possible only if she chooses the fountain of life.

 A fountain sits

in the centre of my backyard,

watering and shading the mourning doves

pecking at the dirt below.

Yet I am deep in a hazardous denial,

giving weight to an illusion that

bonds me to the desert and

sand dunes rolling as far

as my eyes can see.

So deep I cannot see the fountain

or the backyard or

the delicate joy of choice.

Today I will make a decision

step onto the platform

and take my chances.

In this place, this quiet morning,

I will feel myself changed, unchained.
Then, I will start to dig into the sands

until I find a wetness burning, keep digging

until I release a rising flow,

a personal permanent resurrection.

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Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Five times nominated for 'Best of the Net,' she has over 1300 poems published in over 500 international journals. She has 25 published books of poetry and 6 chapbooks. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay. Collaborating with Allison Grayhurst on the lyrics, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/musician Diane Barbarash has transformed eight of Allison Grayhurst’s poems into songs, creating a full album entitled River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst, released 2017. Her work has appeared in several journals such as Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); SUFI Journal (Featured Poet in Issue #95, Sacred Space); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; The Brooklyn Voice; Five2One; Agave Magazine; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, Drunk Monkeys; Now Then Manchester; South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; Buddhist Poetry Review; The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry, among others

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