Tender – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

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why are we so afraid of

the tender, exposure of

inside, gently cradled by

toughness skinned over

unconscious callousness

from days of survival,

thick with not letting

anyone in, to touch

the real, born within us.

© Ali Grimshaw 2019

The Tenderness Project

THE TENDERNESS PROJECT IS AN EXPERIMENT IN RADICAL EMPATHY CURATED BY ROSS GAY AND SHAYLA LAWSON. IT RECOGNIZES THE TENDERNESSES THAT APPEAR IN THE MARGINS AND LIGHTS THESE TINY SPACES.

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