What has yet to Appear – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

We are balancing between the blocks of our days large and small. Squares filled with the demands of our days and squares now left open. Boxes where plans once sat in happy company with future anticipation. Now canceled without pattern. Just scattered openings in the grid. Emptiness at first look, then disbelief. As we walk farther down the street, grief standing next to disappointment. Finally we turn the corner and see a tiny new patio garden. Someone is intent on growing beauty from strong willed, concrete pots. The first sprouts are just reaching free.

Determined seeds rise

there is always a crack, wide

enough for thriving

Lisbon, Portugal

This Haibun Monday over at dVerse Poets Pub we have a visual prompt. It was an new adventure for me. Click here to join the challenge.


48 thoughts on “What has yet to Appear – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. Excellent haibun (for only your third one). Yes a calendar…as some of us saw a map, a grid and other geometrics. Your piece reminded me of Leonard Cohen: “Everything is broken, that’s how the light gets in.”

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      1. So glad it did Ali! And yes, all is well. We are now just waiting… as baby’s do, they come in their own time – the challenge is whether the Docs will decide time is up first and take matters under the knife! Either way, I shall be ready to drop everything and drive to the coast when I’m needed. 🙂 Hugs Sending you wishes for peace and calm and gentle days and ease of heart.

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  2. The title spoke to me first, Ali, as I sat here at my laptop, birds singing outside, a shadowy green garden framed by the window, in my eleventh week of isolation, my Filofax beside me with ticked off lists of chores but no future appointments or plans, wondering what is going to happen. I especially like ‘Boxes where plans once sat in happy company with future anticipation’ and ‘Just scattered openings in the grid’. I was surprised and delighted by the turn at the corner and the ‘tiny new patio garden’ and ‘first sprouts [,,,] just reaching free’, the determination of the seeds and hopeful crack. Just the kind of response I was hoping for!

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    1. Ivor, I think this is the third Haibun I have ever tried to write. Life is short so I made time to play with words today. I don’t know if it is correct or not but it says what I want to share today. Thanks for always leaving a positive remark. Stay well.


    1. Thanks for your positive words. The artwork made me think of calendars and all the canceled plans, also the empty cities in the past two months. Take good care as the transition continues.

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