Thank you Howard – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

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Without you, Howard

I may have forgotten

these ten fingers of mine

are printed like no other.

 

Like a tree with many sturdy limbs

who has forgotten

that it gives shade to smaller ones

where nests reside holding blue eggs.

 

Don’t ask what the world needs.

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

– Howard Thurman

Anticipation of beginning again

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Like spilt milk
later to sour
an immediate response
to cleanse
wasn’t enough.

A whiteness that
blanked out what
we had been
like our love
lost consciousness.

Now after, the hours of it all
we face each other
in anticipation
hold a canvas cleared.

Dip your hand with me
to paint the next.

© Ali Grimshaw 2019

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Shifting – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

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absent stood out

on the page of my day,

like sharp yellow highlighter,

biting bright contrast,

to your slight soft smile.

Remembering our laughter

mixed with the warm sunlight smell

of blackberries, overripe

with the end of this season,

some clinging to the vine.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2019

As we shift to the next, there is a tension of holding on and letting go. I feel this as I experience goodbyes and new places. Sending love to anyone who is saying farewell and transitioning with this season.  Let’s welcome in the  new colors that arrive with this change.

 

The Call

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Just as she reached for the door
tear stained cheeks accompanied trembling
a last glance back.
Too numb, her sadness departed months ago.

The ringing phone called out to her
a nick of time, just right hesitation
before the unchangeable conclusion
could be undone.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

“Sometime round about the 1580s the phrase in the nick or in the very nick began to be used for the critical moment, the exact instant at which something has to take place. The idea seems to have been that a nick was a narrow and precise marker, so that if something was in the nick it was precisely where it should be.” http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nic2.htm

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