Writing Circles Nourish Us

Community of Leaves, Portland, Oregon
Willing Hearts

by time
and space
physical distance
holds no power
over hearts
willing to listen
and reflect-
Not actually separated 
after all

By Kelley Morris
You can find more of her poems here

I have never met Kelley in person but I feel
connected to her. We were once strangers
living in separate states, then she joined a
writing circle. I listen to her words and I
came to know her. Coming together, with
women like Kelley, across physical distance
to cherish poems and write together is
generating hope. It is my heartwork to
facilitate a safe space for you to hear your
own voice and experience authentic connect
with others through writing together. I have
written with people from Europe, Canada and
all over the U.S, and every time we are
inspired by the circle.

Thank you Kelley for sharing your voice.

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she wished to glue

leaves of color back onto the limbs

unprepared for season’s shift

then her dormant suitcase looked up

with eyes of grace, a reminder

of past orbits around the sun.

© Ali Grimshaw 2018

Life is short …



My poem, Visiting With Chaoshas been published today on Vita Brevis. This literary magazine is dedicated to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide. Thank you Vita Brevis for supporting the community of writers.  Through poetry we can calm our minds, share the human experience and laugh together to keep our sanity. Life is short, poetry helps make the most of it.

An additional thank you to Carl who first published this poem on  Versewrights .

Make it a beautiful day.







My eyes upon

what my body can do

in this now.


Gratitude for fingers that write.

Legs that walk me into the world.

A hand that can hold yours.

This migrating temple I possess.


A shell washed clean on sand

Your lips brushed across mine.

The aliveness that quickens.


Awe to wake up again.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017


In reflection… Memorial Day

When you signed

put life on the line

with handwritten ink bleeding on the page,

did you realize the sacrifice

a mother’s wail to follow in the night

before your feet left this land?

My heart cracks with the thinking of it

pain leaking out slow.

The life you donated for others

unknown to you

makes me know without doubt

love is brave.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Thank you to all who have given their lives for others.


Something you can count on.

The sky

it is never not there

will not leave a note goodbye

to disappear in the night.

Serenely blue, growl of gray

watercolored clouds a tumble

dependably ever-changing, yet

never forsaking.

When the curtain goes up at sunrise

a steadfast performance

worthy of an audience.

Don’t miss the show.

No tickets necessary.

© Ali Grimshaw 2017

#Loveuary  Challenge – Celebrating today with a love poem for the sky.


It is a wonderful feeling to have someone acknowledge that which you create. Thank you Sakhi of Quill & Parchment for granting me the Blogger Recognition Award. I am a self taught blogger and have my doubts about understanding how this is suppose to work but if I let doubts stop me I would never have started a blog or shared even one poem. I started my blog with one intention, to give. My first poem, flashlight batteries, is where I got the name for my blog. My goal continues to be to reach out to anyone in the world who may feel alone, frightened or confused. I believe that authentic connection between people changes the world. My advice is to give the gift of yourself.  Now and at no time in the future will there ever be another human just like you. Don’t try to be something, just be who you are. The world needs the gifts that only you can give.

These are the blogs I would like to recognize. If you don’t accept awards then please consider this a personal thank you. You have all inspired me.

  1. Mabel Kwong
  2. Out an’ About
  3. Eyes + Words
  4. Watching the Daisies
  5. I didn’t have my glasses on 
  7. Flying Through Water
  9. Edge of Humanity
  10. ADD And So Much More
  11. Forgiving Connects
  12. Confessions of a Reborn Girl
  13. Green Life Blue Water
  14. Kool Kosher Kitchen
  15. A Holistic Journey

Although rules have been shared, I want my nominated bloggers to feel no pressure to follow them.  Life is short and we all need to make our own choices.


  • wp-1484056242164Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

My light is shining.


A big shout out to the blog, The Drabble, for generously sharing one of my poems today, The Field.  It is an honor to be a part of your blog.  Follow the link to give it a read and visit their wonderful collection of poetry.  Then take a look at their new quarterly e-zine, The Drabble Quarterly.

Connecting with readers from around the world gives me a feeling of hope.  I can’t say thank you enough for reading my words and sharing your comments with me.  Let’s keep spreading love across the world.  We are all part of the human family.

Be well,


PS  This photo was taken in Seattle, WA. This is the famous gum wall.  Anyone is free to participate by leaving some gum behind to mark their visit.

My Leaf Man

He brings me leaves

one each day

a contrast in shape

varied vibrancy, coral to ripe peach

left on the kitchen counter

until evening arrives at our window.

Held in his palm

this single donation

color story of today

our eyes meet

the wrinkles, textured hues, imperfect edges.

Our hands hold a temporary prize between us


Trees give without expecting

something in return. Thankfully,

so does he.

© Ali Grimshaw 2016

May you find someone to share the beauty of nature with today. Happy Thanksgiving.