While wandering – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

"Without poetry, we lose our way." - Joy Harjo

the future of my day is coming from 
where yours has already taken a seat

while I wake, you are closing the book 
to rest your head in a country covered by stars

Here on this pondering path of forest
synchronized with the slow passing of light
this fern comnunity reaches toward many 

more than any one person can see
and one of them is me

a gathering of condolences for this 
time of separation, green fronds reach
to surround me in a forest embrace

our fiddlehead hearts, 
together while apart

your voice sits with me, uncurling
I am moss damp with missing you

© Ali Grimshaw 2021

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30 thoughts on “While wandering – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. Thank you for the wander in the woods, Ali, and for those wonderful fiddlehead ferns! Although this is a personal poem, I really felt the opening lines this morning, which are now reversed, I’ve just woken and ‘you are closing the book / to rest your head in a country covered by stars’. I like to think of the international poets’ community as green fronds that surround us in a forest embrace.

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  2. It was a real pleasure seeing you on the youtube of the Live OLN tonight and hearing you read this holistic poem. To feel green fronds wrap around in welcome is a beautiful place to be. I hope you get to see your friend soon.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t realize that I could watch it. I have never heard myself reading one of my poems on a recording. I am a bit nervous but it will be interesting. It is so wonderful to hear the voices of many blogging poets I follow.
      Thanks for making me feel a part of the community.

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      1. If you go to the pub post, they have the youtube right there for you to watch. Yes, hearing the poems read by the poets adds such a rich dimension to them! My pleasure, Ali.

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  3. Such a stunning, stunning expression, Ali! I love; “our fiddlehead hearts, together while apart, your voice sits with me, uncurling.” Thank you so much for joining us at the Live Event. It was wonderful having you with us 💖💖

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    1. Thank you for having me and allowing me to share this poem. I appreciate your reflecting back the lines that most spoke to you. This poem Is dear to my heart and dedicated to my best friend. I’m looking forward to reading your poem on your site so I can spend more time with it. It is spectacular.


      1. I am discovering in writing we learn about who and what we are are. For me it is a therapy. A word or a conversation and I work at how this changes me. I can get so fixated, obsessed by one thing. Writing seems to drive through this, providing another angle, view point. It is like breathing and sitting and going with the experience.

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      2. Wonderful. I hear what you are saying about writing providing a way to see ourselves. I too have found it a powerful tool for self reflection.
        Thanks for sharing your experience.
        Keep sharing your poems.


    1. Helen,
      I wrote this poem for my best friend who lives in Ethiopia, on the other side of the globe. I hope it will resonate with any and all who are physically separate while their hearts remain connected.
      Thanks for letting me know my words reached you today. Take care.


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