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

dVerse Poets Pub – waiting 

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.

 

Tender – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

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why are we so afraid of

the tender, exposure of

inside, gently cradled by

toughness skinned over

unconscious callousness

from days of survival,

thick with not letting

anyone in, to touch

the real, born within us.

© Ali Grimshaw 2019

The Tenderness Project

THE TENDERNESS PROJECT IS AN EXPERIMENT IN RADICAL EMPATHY CURATED BY ROSS GAY AND SHAYLA LAWSON. IT RECOGNIZES THE TENDERNESSES THAT APPEAR IN THE MARGINS AND LIGHTS THESE TINY SPACES.

Tandem – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

photo of bicycle parked beside wooden door
Photo by Ali Arapoğlu on Pexels.com
Head down, back bent
climbing back into yourself
fear perspires on your forehead.
Looks like you could use a lift.
Travel forward with me
I will steer for awhile.
You can coast.
I will pedal out the questions.
You can consider answers.
Life can be different
on a bicycle built for two.
First published on Versewrights.
© Ali Grimshaw 2019