Amends In a dream my father comes slowly through a grave-less field to give back all the mercy he once took. He carries the mouth of a bridled horse upon his neck, the sleeping hives of winter in his chest. I have known that if I wait long enough at the window. I have known that if I wait. But I am so deep a river, so winged a creature now. So wound-less a thing.
Gatha The dog rolls in the earth, not to leave her scent upon the grass but to take the grass with her, to press its cool light into hers. So, too, do I live. Ecstatically open, ready to be filled.
The Way in 1. The wind destroys that which most resists it. The wind seeks that which best yields to it. That which offers the deepest surrender. 2. It is winter. The mountains grow dark. The sky grows fat with snow, but the ground has not yet frozen. 3. There is an expanse that comes with transition. Fleeting. Barely perceptible. A room made entirely of peace. 4. This is where I want to live. In the still before the gale. In the sturdy space between God's bright breaths. 5. The way is long. Arduous. Filled with the cruelest of perils. The way is different for all creatures. And you ask, How will I know? 6. When the boundaries of your compassion grow so broad they dissolve entirely, you will know. When you offer yourself freely to the storm that threatens to level you, you will know. When the stones in your heart sink deeply enough to grow fast into the cage that holds them, you will know. 7. You have always known.
Beth Grindstaff is a poet who lives in the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Tennessee. She has been writing poetry since she could hold a crayon. From a very young age, words both captivated and enthralled her, and she made it her business to harness their power to the best of her ability. Beth has had work published in several anthologies, including Fresh Breath and The Golden Wings. She was a featured guest on Women on Air, a weekly radio show aired on WETS-FM, in April 2013. Beth’s first collection of poems, This Fragile Husk, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.
Beth has experienced many losses, trials, and challenges in her life, including the sudden death of her father in 2009 and a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2015. She works hard to be a source of light in the world, to hold love as the highest ideal, and to thrive in spite of her difficulties. She hopes her work will offer respite and harbor to those weathering their own storms.
Beth is a massage therapist, medical language specialist, Reiki practitioner, avid cyclist, and proud pet parent.