24 hours later


Years ago I chose the RULE

24 Hours minimum, before

doing, speaking, before action

24 Hours to steep in the experience

all emotional flavors infused, allowed to cool

to sip consideration of your viewpoint

before I express my own.

My reflection on the gift of time to change our perspective. I also have a poem related to this theme up on Via Brevis today.  via EDITOR’S CHOICE: Weather Forecast


Running Partner



Rain on our lips

down the path we run.

Through puddles

not around.


Mud and moss

wind whipped hair

years of words

between breaths of air.


Over roots, between trees

creek waters roll by, unraveling

questions quenched by the miles.


Thoughts uttered within the flow

of movement, vulnerability

not possible in stillness.


Ali Grimshaw – revision of a poem first shared in 2016


Long live the poets.

I don’t usually share this type of post but this group really struck my fancy. What an incredible combination of creativity to bring poetry to the world in a new way.  The Haiku Guys + Gals. write personalized haiku poems on typewriters at every type of event imaginable.  Each interaction takes just a minute or two, and culminates with the creation of a custom gift for the event guest to take home or share.  Some people have likened the experience to “a photo booth for the soul.” This is a haiku they wrote for a fellow blogger. It speaks to me and has me thinking about sharing poems in new ways.

your reach is as long
as your imagination
so untie your hands

May poetry touch your day,


My light is shining


Today my poem Incomplete was published by Vita Brevis, The New Poetry Magazine.  Vita Brevis aims to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and longevity but life’s toils and finiteness. I am honored to have my words join those of many wonderful poets on this site.

May the flame of poetry continue to burn brightly as we share each other’s words.

Make it a beautiful day as only you know how,


The passing judgement of those walking by.


That tree shouldn’t have so many branches.

It’s trunk is too wide. I can’t believe

it doesn’t shave its moss. Just look how

it’s growing long and green. It really has let itself go

since I last visited. My therapist could help

if it would just lean a little farther to the South. It should

stand its ground, not let the birds congregate.

Such a mess on the branches below. I just don’t understand.

Why doesn’t it take time for pruning. It could

be so much better if it just tried.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2018


Photo taken on the Oregon Coast – 2017