Departure – Poem by Ali Grimshaw


At the seasonal station
the train of life only pauses
departure depends on your duration
illusion of control blankets nature’s causes.

Days to nights shift and the engineer steers
hibernating bunks of linked sleepers softly
breathe away their past selves
rhythm of the planet moves through the years.

Travelers lulled to comforted right
cycle of no endings, wheels freely spin
balance tipped toward the night
untouchable by human error, solstice arrives again.

© Ali Grimshaw 2019

dVerse – Quatrain


37 thoughts on “Departure – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

    1. Mabel,
      Great to hear from you. I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I am reinventing my life and going through some big changes.
      I appreciate your thoughtful reflections on my poems. It is always interesting to hear what you find in my words. Life is a series of seasons and some are hard to endure while others float by almost too quickly.
      I hope all is well in your part of the world. Peace to you.


      1. I hope things are going well for you and are on top of the changes 🙂 I also haven’t been blogging much…have been enjoying time away from here. Sometimes we have to give time to life, life that is reality.

        Enjoy this season, Ali. Keep writing poetry and thanks for sharing with us 🙂

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    1. You are the first person to reflect that line back to me. I hope it created a peaceful image in your mind. I always appreciate hearing what others find in my words. Thanks for visiting.


      1. Thank you so much…I’ll be walking down to our sparkling harbour this afternoon to take in a peaceful yoga class that faces the mountains (which is why we find ourselves in Mountain pose a lot!)!

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      1. True Ali and it is so good of the world to be doing that. Thanks and you too have a great day. Ali have you read my post where I have published a Poetry book called Poet’s Touch. It would be lovely if you could comment on my first endeavor.

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    1. Kelvin, thank you for your response. I hope my poems open doors to pondering. That is what I hope to give my readers.
      Spellcheck isn’t always helpful is it? But I knew what you meant.
      Have a wonderful day.


  1. Beautiful as always, Ali. I loved this line especially: “Travelers lulled to comforted right”. It reminds me of an Annie Dillard quote that goes something like this: we should row our boats to the edge of the darkness, but we all seem to be diddling around playing pinochle in the bottom of the rowboat.


    1. There is so much we don’t understand about our world and our place in it. Thank you for reflecting back what you received from my words. May your day be touched by the simple joy of being alive today.

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