I Long To Know

I long to know the things

I never dreamt

beneath the shingles

and the watered-down dawn.

I long to know the name

of every insect that brushes

my cheek and the passions

of days long gone.

I sit beside the narrow rocks

and count each weathered stone.

I hope for love inside a stranger

and long to feel with fingers and soul

the connecting thread

that binds me to my enemy’s door.

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Allison Grayhurst is
a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 300 poems
published in more than 180 international journals, magazines, and

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.