If I brought poetry to your exhale
how would you breathe?
If you brought poetry to my cooking
how would it taste?
If we brought poetry to our conversation
what would we hear?
Would we notice the moan of wind
escaping our arguments,
notice the water from our pipes is at a trickle,
and our neighbors don’t stand in the front yard anymore
hateful weeds encroaching upon our edible garden
while voices overrun each other with lawn mower loudness?
A muffled fear, like cotton balls in our ears
falls free revealing the unison of our currents.
If I lived poetry
could I see the heart
underneath your skin?
Would you see me as a life
as valuable as your own?
© Alicia Grimshaw 2020
“Poetry, whether the writing itself is explicitly political or not, always seeks a better way to respond, to think, to live.” – E. Ce Miller, writer, journalist
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