Late O'Clock

Late O'Clock

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Beyond this rain splashed window pane,
my eyes are drawn towards the town,
three storeys high and looking down
into the harbour's thirsty mouth.

Low tide, sees anchored boats like stone
and silent streets unwelcome though
a glow from amber lamps gives light
to soften where the water laps.

Square riggers once would grace this place
and Captain's lodged where I now stay,
so they too had the same sharp view
of Brixham that I have today.

These cottages of pastel hues,
that oversee from giddy heights
at dawn are of the present time,
yet haunt the living late at night.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw



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I love how you describe places and things. You allowed me to see them in my visions. Day visions and night vision, the world can change in our eyes. Thank you Christine for sharing the amazing poetry. I enjoyed this one.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Dear Coyote, thank you for your kind review, and sorry for the tardiness of my reply. This one escap.. read more
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are welcome Christine.



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Funny how at night something so vibrant can appear so eerie.
I must Google Brixham to see if there's more to the story. Maybe it's a haunted town?

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

It's a very old fishing town in Devon. Probably got lots of history re smugglers Ana. Thank you. I l.. read more
Ana Papaya

4 Months Ago

You're welcome, it sounds like an intriguing spot.
Haunts your readers, too.
Both beauty and melancholy linger.
Mesmerizing poem!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Jimmy. That muse of mine comes out late at night.

Chris
Loved the era...it took me there I felt like from the first line...and third stanza is like I could have a HD vision of it!!
I came back from there to review😀!!
Great read☺

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much Tahsin.Z Appreciate very much your visit and your comments.

Chris
Tahsin.Z🍁

9 Months Ago

Did you know??


That you're already welcomed!😊
Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you :))
"Late O' Clock,
The very lateness of the hour which opens your poem is the thing which grabs my attention. I have always enjoyed this period. It is a an opportunity for relaxed and creative contemplation. The imagery and words of past vessels with there captains and what and where they were doing and going in a much earlier time is whimsical and interesting. History is all around and this poem welcomes its reality in the lovely pastel colored cottages and the very abode which you looked out over you inspiring panorama.
Lovely inspiring little story-poem.
Blessings,
Kathy

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Thank you Kathy. Your kind review is much appreciated.
Very, very atmospheric indeed, I could almost smell and taste the salt, the tar and kerosene oozing from the harbour down below and all of it bathed in a cloak of mysterious hue, the like of which only Late O' Clock might convey.... excellent... Neville

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville Pettitt

10 Months Ago

It certainly reads very well indeed and one day I may just pay it a visit........Neville
Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

You won't be sorry. Small fishing town, lovely ambience. Night time looking out, a dream.
Neville Pettitt

10 Months Ago

Then I am sure I shall one day, thank you....N
The visuals you paint are extraordinary, and allowed me to "see" the scene with clarity. Additionally, you've conveyed a richness of mood and detail in not that many words. Outstanding writing.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you so much Samuel for a great review. Much appreciated.
Nice panoramic word-view of the place, Christine.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you.
How lovely that you live in such an ancient fishing town, so much to recall about the folks who lived and worked there in times past...

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Stella. It's where we go on holiday, so I have to make the most of it while we visit. Than.. read more
Stella Armour

11 Months Ago

Please to meet you too :)
WOW! WOW! And WOW! This might be the first time I've read you (I'm old & forgetful) so I'm blown away & answering something you wrote on a review of me: "nice to meet you, too!" *smile* One of my last few postings was about a similar "sea" scene, but I believe you have me blown out of the water here with your gentle, wafting, nostalgic scenes. I love your style & I'll be reading more of you soon (I've just returned from a break, so I have to catch up on read requests & stuff) Fondly, Margie

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Margie for such a lovely review.
I love how you describe places and things. You allowed me to see them in my visions. Day visions and night vision, the world can change in our eyes. Thank you Christine for sharing the amazing poetry. I enjoyed this one.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Dear Coyote, thank you for your kind review, and sorry for the tardiness of my reply. This one escap.. read more
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are welcome Christine.

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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