It was everywhere…

In the air,

on the surface of leaves.

Streaming down the street

into potholes.

It was in the exhale

of runners on the road.

It was like the mist, gentle yet


She wondered why

some still

could not see it.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017






Inclusive Framework


© Alicia Grimshaw 2017



The future of heartbreak

“How do you keep your heart whole?” he asked. “I can’t bear the breaking.”

“You don’t,” she whispered. “Let it crack open,

like a ruby pomegranate full of moments you have been alive.
Tear away the soft sides, let the jeweled pieces scatter.

They will be found.  Picked up by the parched,
carried forward into days where hearts
will be strong enough to break, expand.”

“I am not that strong.” he said, shaking his head.

Tearing off a part of her own heart.

“Take some of my mine, you will be.”

© Ali Grimshaw 2017

#Loveuary – share the love this month with But I Smile Anyway…

Visiting With Chaos

Spills splattered the walls.

Counters filled with clutter,

multiple piles creating a new geography in the room.

There is a relief to cleaning it all away.

Everything in order. Repair and replace.

The seduction of a new cycle, sparkling clean.

Free from marks of history.


What if we could sit with Chaos

for just a little minute?

Feel the wind in our ears.

Hearing her secrets of cleverness.

Soaking in the learning of this undone space.

Before an opportunity is erased.

A past disinfected before she can author her story

from which the plot differs from

perpetual duplicating.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2016

Chaos – Photo Challenge






Right now, sitting in this chair

the distance covered remains unseen.

Many treacherous miles between your first step

and where you have now arrived.

Climb the roof. Stand tall upon it.

Without hesitation see the trodden path

streams crossed, soggy socks, sunburnt ears

blistered, lost toenails, a little bruised.

Criss-cross scratches, hillside slides.

There is no shame for the road traveled.

You have traversed

this view is for you alone.

© Alicia Grimshaw