Dona Nobis Pacem – A poem by Ali Grimshaw

Through the fearful thoughts, clashed conflict
of what might be, we always have a choice

to speak love, listen behind and underneath
the words of others for the common thread

that we hold. A line of connection
alive with the many lives that have held it.

Feel the yank of one who is pulled away
the space empty, thread loosely lost to hang
without warm hands to hold it.

Hands that may be the only ones
to keep us unraveling.

© Ali Grimshaw 2018

If it wasn’t for blogging I know I wouldn’t stop to write poems and writing them gives me the life I want to live.  So, thank you fellow bloggers for the opportunity to reflect and connect across the oceans and to speak for peace today. We can change the world one conversation at a time. The world needs each one of us. Please keep your light on.

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30 thoughts on “Dona Nobis Pacem – A poem by Ali Grimshaw

    1. Colleen, there is no greater satisfaction for me than to bring a moment of light to another.

      In return, you help me keep my light lit. Thank you for sharing your voice in the world.


  1. Thanks for this poem, Ali! We do need to remember how connected we all are, and to actively look for those connections even when are hard to see. We need peace, now more than ever, and that an only come when we are able to see a bit of ourselves in everyone we meet.

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  2. A truly glorious line Ali,
    “Hands that may be the only ones
    to keep us unraveling.”

    ” Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” John F Kennedy

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  3. With a November rain falling and your beautiful words falling over me, I can feel a sense of peace and these words, ” Feel the yank of one who is pulled away” reminding me of my father who once served in the Canadian Army as a peacekeeper…

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    1. Oh that my words could bring even a few minutes of peace to your day makes my heart happy.
      Thank you for sharing about your father. I always want enough space in my poems so that the reader can easily make the poem hers. It is one of things I have always loved about poetry. The way we bring our experiences and weave them through the poem. It makes the meaning special, just for us, in that moment.
      I am so glad to be part of your day.

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