Coddiwomple – Poem by Ali Grimshaw


Even without
a roadmap
I can follow
the song
of my
heart’s direction.
Sing along
while keen
to its increase.
in time
so as not to
lose the melody.
Ears intent on
wholeness of being
easing my ache
of confusion.

© Ali Grimshaw 2020

Coddiwomple (v.) Origin: English Slang Word.Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille “Fill”

Photo taken on my trip to Amsterdam, October 2019.

38 thoughts on “Coddiwomple – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

    1. Isn’t it inspiring to learn a new word? I just adore this one.
      Thanks for your reflection. Surprise endings do mirror life so much of the time.
      Have a beautiful day.


  1. I love Old English words, especially the ones still in existence, that you hear from countryfolk; we have plenty here in Norfolk. Coddiwomple is a fine example, and a great way to convey the feeling of following the song of your heart’s direction, Ali! I like the gentle alliteration, like whistling along to the song, in:
    easing my ache
    of confusion’.

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