What Matters Most

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Now I set the matching shoe with its mate, 
purposeful in their reuniting, instead of 
nonchalantly tossing it into possible aloneness.
Companions that move together, like light with the gray,
or salt with pepper passed at the table.

Now I replace the broken shovel after proper disposal
the two parts together again in the garbage can
instead of repairing what isn’t strong enough for future leverage
to be ready for the next digging, removal and refilling
there are always new holes to prepare for.

Now I am finally holding your note of thanks
puzzling through misspelled words, I touch
the indented sentences where pencil leaned on paper.

I am wishing your pencil would have been sharper
noticing how dullness doesn’t serve either of us,
what opening to the unexpected can bring.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2020

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“Please don’t recoil from the bright light beaming through the window. I know it hurts your eyes. It hurts mine, too. But the curtain is wide open. What the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. ” – Julio Vincent Gambuto

35 thoughts on “What Matters Most

  1. Ali, you are such a gifted poet. I enjoyed everything about this. The metaphors were awesome. I felt at times as if I could hear the seemingly disparate pieces as they found themselves together, inhabiting the same space and not really together. The Gambuto quote is amazing.

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    1. Carrie,
      Thank you. It makes me feel good to contribute meaningful poems that speak to you.
      I look forward to writing with you again this week. Thanks for joining in the Tuesday writing circle. Have a great weekend.

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  2. purposeful in their reuniting, instead of
    nonchalantly tossing it into possible aloneness.

    the two parts together again in the garbage can
    instead of repairing what isn’t strong enough for future leverage

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  3. What do we do when given time we never expected to have? Deal with mundane matters? Explore what always mattered, yet was brushed aside for the mundane? Perhaps both.

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  4. I love this and find myself rooting for the coming together. I love the part about wishing the pencil could be sharper and can read so much more into that.

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    1. Colleen, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I feel that we are all rooting for reunions big and small right now. I appreciate hearing that this poem brought that to mind for you. Take care

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  5. I love this poem, Ali. The opening line reminds me of Kate Bush’s song ‘Moments of Pleasure’: “Every old sock needs an old shoe”. I love the purposeful reuniting of the shoes, ‘instead of / nonchalantly tossing it into possible aloneness’. The second stanza about the broken shovel made me a bit tearful, as did the final stanzas, about the pencil.

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    1. Kim, thank you for reflecting back the lines that resonated with you most. I’m glad to hear that this poem spoke to you so deeply. Poetry has an amazing way of connecting us. Take care

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  6. My takeaway from this is to keep what works, discard what doesn’t, and be wise about what comes next. I really like the quote at the end as well. The photo is fabulous.

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  7. I love the mirror work of your poem; such evocative metaphorical language… do you read Billy Collins? And that photograph is incredible. Is that your home? Your view in quarantine? Poetic view!!

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    1. Shaista,
      This photo was taken on my most recent trip to Amsterdam. I was drawn to the windows and felt that the image complimented the poem. So, yes it is a poetic view.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. I really love everything about this. This line is so resonant with me, “I am wishing your pencil would have been sharper
    noticing how dullness doesn’t serve either of us,
    what opening to the unexpected can bring.” And the quote from Julio Vincent Gambuto is wonderful!

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    1. Victoria,
      I really appreciate your reflection back. It is always interesting to hear what speaks to others.
      I was inspired by this quote and wanted to find a way to include it with the hope that it would inspire others as well.
      Take care.

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  9. A wonderfully imaginative report card, on all the possibilities that are open to us….

    “instead of repairing what isn’t strong enough for future leverage
    to be ready for the next digging, removal and refilling
    there are always new holes to prepare for.”

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    1. Thank you for your reflection Ivor. The way we maintain the simple objects in our lives says something about us don’t you think? I found it is an interesting reflection to explore metaphor. Keep safe and keep writing. Ali

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