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


I see hope in your eyes.

A flash of light that has been absent.

Just a sliver of believing,

you never thought you could hold.

A small beacon inside,

beginning to send out its light

after a long darkness.

© Ali Grimshaw