Have you heard? – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

say what you find in the deep moss of your feet
a lush immersion of aliveness long forgotten
like leaves caressing your childhood cheek

follow the movement of this forest vocabulary
a language that you have yet to dance with
are you willing to give yourself over 

to sit with the fallen nurse logs
to listen for the tall evergreen guardians 
to days of foresttime 

absent from hours or minutes ticking
filled instead by croaks, sways, gurgles
music accessible to the practiced ear

you will feel it coming
a cooling shift of rainclouds
the beginning of your roots
being welcomed in

©Ali Grimshaw 2022

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9 thoughts on “Have you heard? – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. I love those at-home moments found deep in the woods; the birdsong serenades, the leafwind lullabies, the welcome home whisperings. Thanks, AG, for this stellar reminder.

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    1. Ron,
      I am gladdened to hear that this brought back memories of foresttime. It is healing in a way that nothing else is. Wishing you a day in the forest soon.
      Take care.


    1. Brendan,
      I am happy to hear that you connected with my words. Your post was so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem. Please keep sharing on earthweal. We need reminders to connect with the earth physically and emotionally.


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