No Explanation Needed


“A practice of gratitude is not about dismissing sadness, anger, fear, or confusion. Rather, it offers us the opportunity to see that we often experience multiple feelings at once; to welcome joy into the same places where we hold grief; to turn our attention to what is quietly growing and breathing day by day, which, to our possible surprise, includes ourselves.” – Kristin Lin, Editor, The On Being Project

No Explanation Needed

You don’t have to explain
how you know where to go or when

stillness brings discomfort.

You don’t have to explain
why sorrow comes and goes

tears visiting your eyes again.

You don’t have to explain
when it happened for the first time

why you feel a mountain sits upon you.

You don’t even have to explain
why it matters so much.

I never need more than just you

Just sit down
next to me, the weight
of your shoulder touching mine

© Alicia Grimshaw 2020

Photo take in Lisbon, a trip with my sweetheart.


20 thoughts on “No Explanation Needed

  1. I love this poem. It speaks so honestly of what we feel when we are down and unexplained feelings that overwhelm us. I also like how direct the title is. It reminds me of how we don’t need to explain to others what we are doing or how we are feeling – these feelings are perfectly valid. The ending was so sweet. Sometimes we just need that someone to not help us get better, but just be there. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Brad. I think we all have times that we would like to sit in loving acceptance without explanation.
      If you are still working, I hope you are staying healthy. I sure appreciate people who are continuing to deliver the food, the mail, the essentials. Take care.

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