Because Now – poem by Ali Grimshaw


on the beach I begin
because now I am ready
and so are you

to turn our fear into fuel
build a bonfire to bring warmth
for all now sitting in cold darkness

I start with kindling of prejudice
add sticks of anger
a log of fear
a heavy round of anxiety
watch the flames ignite to hot glow

come close and sit with me now
add your logs to this burning pyre
hate and terror blaze brightly with heat
finally an efficient use for their energy

let’s watch
as flames of love
devour all that we
believe we cannot face
to singe away, char and reform
all that has been holding us back

love knows how to transform
create a burning
to warm us all through
this dark night.

come to the beach
now we are ready

© Ali Grimshaw 2020

40 thoughts on “Because Now – poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. So, so true worrying won’t help, yes we have to know what is going on in the world but allowing it consume us 24/7 – not a good thing. Great poem would never have found but for Ivor.

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      1. yes and this is pushing too many buttons as anxiety and fear take over … staying calm, using humour boosts our immune systems so we need to stay grounded Ali 🙂

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      1. I expect to eventually get COVID-19 though I’m doing all the recommended things to deter that … I also expect to recover when I do get it … the waiting game is unsettling, and I could be of more help to others if I’d already had it, gotten over it … but my overall response so far is patience with a touch of curiosity.

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  2. Oh Ali. So beautiful. This is balm for our souls. I wish the language – the words being used in all of this were different. This beautiful poem evokes feelings of powerful collective healing as I envision it unfolding as you’ve described. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Ivor. With all the people in our world fighting coronavirus my heart can feel sad. I sat down to write a message of hope this morning and this is it. I hope that it will inspire actions of love for each other and our planet. Thank you so very much for sharing this with your readers. Take good care.

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