invasive species – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

it may 
seem obvious 
but once you begin 
tangles will grow
a lie's life all it's own
vines wound round
tightened with retelling
knotted numbers of mistruths
curled to choke 
your heart 
from the inside out 
disrupting the ecosystem 
of yourself
edging toward
extinction

©Ali Grimshaw 2021

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46 thoughts on “invasive species – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. This is deeply thought-provoking, Ali! I am especially moved by; “curled to choke your heart from the inside out disrupting the ecosystem of yourself.”💝💝

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  2. “disrupting the ecosystem” of the self….oh yes indeed. Lies do this! What is that saying? What a tangled web we weave….when we deceive. It does indeed get harder and harder to “maintain” the lie. Good use of the prompt!

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  3. What great imagery! I’ve never thought of lies as invasive, but you’re absolutely right. They are the the invasive plant that chokes out so much of the good in us. I love how you manage to take a simple truth and present it in such a beautiful way.

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  4. Now I’m all in a tangled mess, tangled webs, tangled roots, and tangled vines, I’ll need to slowly ebb my way out, through the passionfruits, and duck under the overhead clothes line..

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I took this photo in Kauai on the muddiest trail I have hiked so far. My husband and I both thought the view from the top was worth the trouble.
      I am fond of the quadrille. I prefer shorter poems.

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