Are you willing?


Beyond imagination.

Outside of your current image.


Your reflection lies in the eyes of others.

The eyes of those that surround

looking back at you.


See yourself there

to know where you are heading.


© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Long before…

In the unfinished

before the credits scroll past

can you choose acceptance

without an end,

before the conclusion

without approval from the crowd?

Between the ribs, within

deeply, a voice

the one you used to hear

before you thought the others

were the ones that mattered.

Knew better and overruled your soul.

Before you decided

who you weren’t going to be.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017




Hold in place. Unwavering as the hurricane blows. Stand still when faced with a slap. Unbreakably bolted down. Absolute. Never cringe away. Stay. Forward one small step, your time. Crawl if you must. Claim your life. Take the hand that is offered then rise again. Unwilling to be swallowed, drug into the past. Drowned. Face toward what your heart holds true. Like a mountain through the seasons, remain.

Living refusal

thoughts chosen to unify

imprisoned by none

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

My first attempt to write a Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. For those of you who are know this craft well, please understand this is a humble beginning.

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True words

are unsinkable

they rise to the top

like oil on the surface.


The rocks you tied to them

never enough weight to drown

what you didn’t want shared, temporarily

kept hidden under your tongue.

True words will escape, eventually


Your enclosed truth

held hostage by fear

wants to fly.

Let it.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017      Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Inspired by Monday Mantras and the word MANTRA -The literal Chinese translation of the word mantra is “true words.” Seek your truth and let this unique manta guide you through the week.  Mine is “Trust the journey.”