Those that came before


We are held

by unseen hands

family that came before

to hack through the wild

make a trail.


We are held

by their stories, mistakes

and courage. Rightness,

who is to blame

the tinted glasses we wear.


We are held

within their intentions

by the invisible imagination

of their hearts.


© Ali Grimshaw 2018

Inspired by this quote from Moorezart “We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.” ― David Mitchell, The Cloud Atlas

Photo from Pixabay

Locked up




Locked up, but not away

cherished in a closed loop.

Desire for the everlasting

secured with full disclosure

of our imperfections. Rusty

raw, real acceptance.

The very charged electrical

zing between our eyes that

speak across the loud crowd

like a room gone silent just for us.

Our eyes say, we are forever.

© Ali Grimshaw 2018

Photo take in Vernazza, Italy – Beloved