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


A View from Above

Outside the window

traffic below creeping away from all that matters.

Amongst the jammed up colors,

a pedestrian easily weaves through the congestion

slipping through the heavy flow of life.

gracefully he continues while surrounded by the unmoving,

often pausing to look up.

He alone sees the clouds above the tall buildings.

No one else remembers the sky.

© Ali Grimshaw

Open-Minded   Discovery Challenge