Available 24/7

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Never preoccupied by screens screaming

unknown friends, nor business buzzing heads.

Mine sit in wait, pocket ready, stacked bedside,

cursive faded on the bathroom mirror. Ever-ready

to ask courageous questions, with reassuring palms

warmly press down on my shoulders. They lead

remind from behind, cocoon me from nightmare bombs

and disappearing green, when my inside raisins.

Trustworthy friends of ink, folded and unfolded

because the need is so great.
© Ali Grimshaw 2018

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

“You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.”  – John Adams.

d’Verse Open Link Night #241


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28 thoughts on “Available 24/7

  1. Ahh–a poem in your pocket. Lovely.
    The handwritten poetry makes me think of the movie we saw today about Emily Dickinson. There’s a scene where she’s writing a poem on the back of a gingerbread recipe.

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    1. There is no right way to read a poem. You are absolutely always smart enough to take away the meaning that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Much appreciated.


  2. Beautiful, Ali. Do you really do your writing on paper? I think the need to be connected 24/7 is changing the way our brains are wired! Kind of scary.


  3. Your poem reminds me how we are connected 24/7. We can reach out to each other 24/7, but usually what is said within our messages is what draws us to each other, especially if it’s more than a short one and taken some time and thought to craft. Then again, as your poem seems to allude to, sometimes these messages can wait as we immerse ourselves in the present no matter how uncertain it may be.

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