When Words Mean Nothing

When Words Mean Nothing

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

I, a so called poet,
who can burn a blank page
with word rage,
can turn a lively sparkling sea
into a calm, soothing balm.
Who can conjure up a sunrise
or sink the sun beyond a horizon
paint words in colour
on a grey wet day
evoke the scent of a rose
in the throes of midwinter
and melt snowflakes in summer heat.
I can convey all this
and yet
when my beloved Mum
elderly and frail,
ailing and sick
tells me she wants to die,
all I can do is sigh
and tell her I love her.
I have no words
that will bring her a crumb
of comfort 

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw



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This is truly one of your very best that I've read so far. I love the way you touch all the familiar topics in fresh & heartfelt ways, a constant stream of amazing poems. Your descriptions of writing (here) are so lyrical & then your poem twists into the final torque that tweaks your heart, expressed gently & with immense compassion. I wish it were easier to talk about death sometimes (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Now your words do mean something Margie. Thank you so much.

Chris
Tahsin.Z🍁

3 Months Ago

Love and Hug!! Welcome warmly :)



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Nice write Chris , we are only in control of our own destiny and sadly not for others.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Andrew, sadly you are right. Many thanks for calling on this older poem in the archives. G.. read more
You are like my grandma I can't judge your writing but I want to tell you that I love your writing style and the line that I love most in this poem is ,"I love my mum". Thanx for writing such a beautiful poem.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Taniska for your very lovely response.

Chris
telling her you love her is comfort to her but let her know that you understand and that she is free to go and that you will be ok as you understand.
thats my only advice. Hard to say though. I lost mum 4 years ago. its very hard. I miss her but know she is at peacenow. Take care and thanks for sharing your story with us x

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your lovely response Julie. Your words are very much appreciated.

Chris
....."I" have no words!......MY voice is in my awe!! Well done!

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you emipoemi for your awesome response.

Chris
emipoemi

3 Months Ago

my pleasure.
Been there my dear
She did say she wanted to die
Just don't let them revive me
She had seen then revive one three times before she was past reviveing

I told the nurse in the her wish
I dont want her to die
I dont want her in pain
Just want her to go peacefully with dignity when her time comes


Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Wild Rose for your thoughts. A difficult situation to be in but one that is all too common.. read more
I so love the way you write and the way you play with words. (((HUGEST HUGS))) for your present situation. Take care

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much Richard for your caring concern. Your visit very much appreciated.

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Deep, i love the word play that still conveys a message

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Hennings. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
Beautifully written Christine, wonderfully engaging writing that brings out so well the power gentle value of words especially when they are so skillfully used. Really great writing; I cared for my own latemother who was wheelchair disabled with arthritis among other health issues so, as I am sure you'll understand, there is so much here I can relate to. Brilliant skilled and sensitive use of words; truly great writig

Posted 3 Months Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

I really appreciate your review George. If readers can relate to my words, that makes it even better.. read more
George Coombs

3 Months Ago

Yourwelcome Christine
Somethings will break our heart. Your mother's wish for death. Is one. Life is a teacher. We learn, appreciate every second with the people we love. Thank you Christine for sharing your words and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you. Always appreciate your wisdom and your visits Coyote. All good wishes to you.

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Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

You are welcome Chris.
this is one of the best written pieces of yours i can sense the emotions deep inside... it speaks from the heart

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you sette. I appreciate your comments. All good wishes

Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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