If I read you like a poem.

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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40 thoughts on “If I read you like a poem.

  1. This is stunningly beautiful, Ali. I think you’ve bought such poignant meaning to it in the last part, about stripping away everything to appreciate we’re all human and valued equally. Very elegantly written, I love it  ♥
    Caz xx

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  2. Oh Ali …your lovely poetry reminded me of a Leonard Cohen quote….
    “As a poet, sometimes we confuse ourselves, Trying to create ashes, instead of fire “

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    1. Brad, I so appreciate the words you have reflected back to me here. Yes, let’s breathe into each other’s hearts. We need to support each other in going forward. Take good care.

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