H2O – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

water is love

with spoiled sleep 
a handful of sand between the sheets
you wake up thirsty

luckily you're 10 steps 
from a faucet
from the sound of life filling a cup
tasting your beginnings

rain continues in Portland, Oregon 
while citizens dream dry skies

drought continues in Ethiopia
while 24 million cry for water

love isn't always water
sometimes love is listening longer than
you have before
especially when you think you already know 
pushing your ego aside to make room 
for hearing
free like the bubbler on the street corner

giving water to an urban camper is kind
but could be a solution to a problem
that doesn't exist
no necesito agua

"I always leave the faucet running."
how lucky to be ignorant
how unlucky to not know the smell of drought
when water tastes of life

determined tulips of hope whisper to her
she tethers huge rainclouds to her belt
walks her way to the parched

the future hasn't happened yet
anything is still possible

like the yellow umbrella leaning
next to the open door
suggests sunlight in raindrops

© Alicia Grimshaw 2023
Photo taken on one of Portland's classic 
summer bike rides. Pedalpalooza! 

Inspired by National Poetry Writing Month's 
writing prompt for today
"Twenty Little Poetry Projects”
See all the prompts HERE

16 thoughts on “H2O – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

    1. Carrie,
      Thanks so much for the feedback. This did not feel finished, but I didn’t want to wait to share it. Life is complex and I enjoy the challenge of trying to put that into a poem. I look forward to writing with you soon.❤️☮️

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  1. Oh dear Ali, This poem was filled with such amazing imagery and emotion.  Thank you for this today.  I wish you and your family a very blessed Easter. Fredda

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    1. Fredda,
      Thank you for letting me know my words reached you today. I spent a lot of time on this poem yesterday. My heart was in it 100%. Happy Easter. Sending you love.


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