Rooted – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.” – David Whyte

tug and pull, I must

still it doesn’t fit anymore

not after this year

hundreds of breaths have past

in between arrivals and goodbyes

and I am changed

now I have new thoughts

I pull on like the wool sweater

you used to wear on your

most difficult of days.

Thoughts that have rooted

myself to you

intertwined with the me

I have yet to meet.

© Ali Grimshaw 2021

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you deep full breaths of peace.


54 thoughts on “Rooted – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. The things we root ourselves in, our thoughts and emotions, are so important. Your words made me think back to some of the things I let go last year that just weren’t good for me. It was hard letting go, because of change, but that is growth. Not always enjoyable, but necessary. 💯

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    1. Tricia,
      Thank you for considering my poem so thoughtfully. Letting go of what no longer serves you can be challenging and you can also walk away lighter. I am glad that we have connected in the blogosphere.
      Wishing you peace,

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    1. Jane,
      Thank you for reading and reflecting back. My hope is that there is always a part of me I have yet to meet. It means that I am continuing to grow. Glad to hear you enjoyed my words.
      Peace to you.


  2. I so love the quote you have chosen as a springboard for your poem, Ali! Especially touched by the image; “I pull on like the wool sweater you used to wear on your most difficult of days.”💝💝 Happy New Year to you and yours! 🙂

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      1. Ali, I tend to view life most broadly. For that reason, I root myself in love so that any choices I make to listen, create, or be in service are rooted in the life sustaining energy that we all are…even though some don’t know it and we individually, often forget when we are experiencing stress. Count me as rooted in love. 💖

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      1. To be honest, I’ll be happy to stay alive throughout this year. I’m going to continue to take it “fifteen minutes at a time” and be as creative as I can while I do so. ☺️

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