Unravel – reflective writing workshops

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It is a continual process to unweave
that which is truth from story. I pull

a thread, remove one line, observe how
the fabric changes, notice the new spaces

breathing between essential threads
that remain, a skeleton of existence

until extracting the unneeded
leaves what is left, sparsely resilient

penetrable light of a future once blocked
by memories tightly woven.

© Ali Grimshaw 2020

Consider yourself invited to my February workshops.

Navigating Life Transitions Through Reflective Writing

Life is full of change. Whether dealing with an ending relationship, new career, or empty nest, shifting circumstances can be challenging when you face them alone. Join me in exploring the use of poetry, shared inquiry and writing for self-reflection within a safe, supportive community. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to …

  • Write & reflect using prompts and poetry about change
  • Share with others if you wish. There is no requirement to share.
  • Create a new intention for yourself

Email coaching@aligrimshaw.com to register.

Date: Feb. 18, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm, $20 per person

Date: Feb. 23, 2020 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm, $20 per person

Location: The Center for Spiritual Well Being,

7100 SW Hampton St., STE 126 Portland,OR

 

Love Louder

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Can two words be enough,

make a poem on their own

to shake the passers by awake.

Just a couple, woven into

the fabric of an ordinary day?

Please tell me they can.

 

© Ali Grimshaw 2018

Photo of a local high school fence, Oregon

Photo Challenge – Awakening

National Poetry Month

Expectation

late

broken

incomplete

misunderstood

unable to prove

“If you would just try.”

disappointment in their eyes

defeated layers of books and papers

accustomed to going unnoticed

“Why can’t you be …?”

“Why didn’t you?”

just below the line

left far behind

deep sighs

“Again?”

shame.

© Ali Grimshaw

This poem is shaped like a bell curve to represent the people who have endured feelings of shame for not performing in a way that someone deemed as success.