Between the lines

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line straight as the horizon, faintly blue as sky meets sea

each edge, finger-width apart, to contain the message

 

my words lay cushioned by these guiding layers

some smeared by effort of my own hand

 

it was not by accident that I wrote to you

between the lines and not on them.

 

our relationship never occupied spaces

defined by rules of in or out.

 

© Ali Grimshaw (revised version of 2016 poem)

Rise/Set – Morning in Maui with my sweetheart observing the sea.

d’Verse – Open Link Night

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Dwelling Place

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Inside the conversation of contribution

my favorite place to dwell

walls like soft bubble gum that can expand

with the breath of new ideas

to watch you poke, prod, punch

a fist through the wall

on your face the surprised realization

of the awe-filled fluidity, stretched elastic

boundaries you once believed to be walls of stone.

How a soft blow, like cooling off your tea too hot

can open up a whole new room. High rounded ceilings

with space to grow into.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2018

My favorite place to be is inside a coaching conversation listening for another’s dreams. This was a tough idea to capture in a photo. Photo Challenge: Favorite Place 

 

 

 

 

24 hours later

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Years ago I chose the RULE

24 Hours minimum, before

doing, speaking, before action

24 Hours to steep in the experience

all emotional flavors infused, allowed to cool

to sip consideration of your viewpoint

before I express my own.

My reflection on the gift of time to change our perspective. I also have a poem related to this theme up on Via Brevis today.  via EDITOR’S CHOICE: Weather Forecast

Running Partner

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Rain on our lips

down the path we run.

Through puddles

not around.

 

Mud and moss

wind whipped hair

years of words

between breaths of air.

 

Over roots, between trees

creek waters roll by, unraveling

questions quenched by the miles.

 

Thoughts uttered within the flow

of movement, vulnerability

not possible in stillness.

 

Ali Grimshaw – revision of a poem first shared in 2016

 

Long live the poets.

I don’t usually share this type of post but this group really struck my fancy. What an incredible combination of creativity to bring poetry to the world in a new way.  The Haiku Guys + Gals. write personalized haiku poems on typewriters at every type of event imaginable.  Each interaction takes just a minute or two, and culminates with the creation of a custom gift for the event guest to take home or share.  Some people have likened the experience to “a photo booth for the soul.” This is a haiku they wrote for a fellow blogger. It speaks to me and has me thinking about sharing poems in new ways.

your reach is as long
as your imagination
so untie your hands

May poetry touch your day,

Ali