Between Places

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The need that will not stop

the need to create for ourselves

 

speak with our hands

scribble with our minds.

 

 

 

 

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Make, shape, build

add colors from inside.

 

Be

bolder than

we trust ourselves to be.

 

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We share wisps of tender fear

kept hidden from view

 

like a shield of insecurity

tucked behind the ear.

 

 

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Wary of those that come

with a look unfamiliar.

 

Remember

the power of the

impermanent paint

to include.

 

 

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Lines drawn

to dare a crossing

or

to encircle all.

 

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Street art – Lisbon, Portugal

Collage

Interference

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My head sits

on cords of screaming tension

inability to relax into

whirl of busyness, cyclone

of storms around my being

interference between me

and the presence

I wish to give you.

Please forgive my current cloudiness.

Blow this weather to the corner of the room.

I want to sit with you.

“What is the state of your heart?”

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Inspired by  – “Let us insist on a type of human-to-human connection where when one of us responds by saying, “I am just so busy,” we can follow up by saying, “I know, love. We all are. But I want to know how your heart is doing.” “

Stalled

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Stalled on the bridge, in between here and there.

I look back to all I have built.

What still stands and what is no longer in service.

Hoping others will use these spaces, be thoughtful about repairs.

That tall one will need a new roof.

Some may be too weathered to save.

Pausing on the bridge, in between here and there.

I look ahead to wide open space.

What could be built and what is needed.

Beauty that can only be created by elements and time.

A center which radiates the harmony of shade trees.

Bare hands join for strength that I alone do not have.

I remain next to the railing.

water rushes beneath.

No longer who I was.

Not yet who I am becoming.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Photo taken in Amsterdam, 2013

Bridge Photo Challenge