Tug of War

 

reflection-2922045_1280

According to her internal judge

she was never up to par,

even when crossing the finish line first

accomplishment slid off her skin. Always

gripping, holding on for acceptance.

Yet perplexed separation pained her days.

She wanted belonging

and never wanted to fit in

knew it would change her.

A part broken off to float away irretrievable.

No one else stayed after class to console the bullied teacher.

It never occurred to her not to.

She saw those faces on the fringe,

secretly knowing she was an outlier as well.

She let go of the kinship rope

not to lose herself.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Photo credit to Pixabay – Alberto Barco Figari

Observe

On the Edge

According to her internal judge

she was never quite up to par,

even when she crossed the finish line first

she couldn’t own the accomplishment. Always

on the outside of the window, looking in.

Perplexed by separation. She wanted to belong,

and never wanted to fit in,

knew it would change her.

A part broken off to forever float away.

No one else stayed after class to console the bullied teacher.

It never occurred to her not to.

She saw those faces on the fringe,

secretly knowing she was an outlier as well.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

images

In response to The Daily Post – Outlier

Where do you belong?

Who decides where you fit in?

Walking into a room full of others

feeling like you don’t belong, not one of them.

Severed, the other, a misfit.

Open faces smile, glance your way.

But you have already closed the door

on belonging.

Doors open both ways. Exit this one.

Return again with this knowing

you are not held separate. Proving your worth

was never a requirement. The family of all things*

has been waiting for you.

Take this place, a space saved just for you.

Anywhere in the room will work.

Acceptance comes from inside.

* Acknowledgement to Mary Oliver’s words from her poem “Wild Geese”

© Ali Grimshaw 2016 (photo taken on the Oregon coast.)

img_3159

Discover Challenge – Finding Your Place