I’ve been granted a spell of wandering – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

no one will ever know what you gave

the number of times
you've grown a new heart
after donating the last one

sit a spell with the map
of your heartlife

claim your mountains
distance
growth vistas

tape more wilderness down
you're still alive

©Ali Grimshaw 2022

Quadrille #154 "Casting a spell
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43 thoughts on “I’ve been granted a spell of wandering – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. I read your poems because they’re so beautifully crafted and I love the rhythm and the way it feels to read the words aloud.
    Today I needed this poem. I mean, NEEDED it.
    Affirmation.
    Permission.
    Perspective.
    Thank you, Ali, for sharing them with us.

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    1. Sometimes I wonder if I should keep on sharing poems/blogging and then I get a comment from someone like you. Thank for letting me know that my words mattered to your day. I write to give and I am smiling with your comment. Be well.

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  2. Such a poignant poem with beautiful lines, Ali. I don’t know the particulars of your life, but it’s very moving.
    Like others, this stood out for me:

    “the number of times
    you’ve grown a new heart
    after donating the last one”

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  3. “sit a spell with the map of your heartlife,”.. sigh.. I love the poignancy with which this poem is penned, Ali. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. ❤️❤️

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  4. I found these two lines stopped me…..they are somehow incredibly powerful to me.
    I think perhaps it’s because my husband had a 6 minute cardiac arrest nine years ago…not a heart attack, an arrest. He is a walking miracle and we are profoundly thankful for every day. Perhaps that’s why I had to wipe my eyes before I went back to read your poem in its entirety.
    “sit a spell with the map
    of your heartlife”

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    1. Lillian,
      I can imagine what that would have been like for you. 6 minutes in cardiac arrest and you still have him in your life today. That is a miracle. It makes my heart happy to hear that my words touched you today. Poetry can be a miraculous connector.

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