Secrets in the Bureau

Secrets in the Bureau

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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Based on fact

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There are secrets in the bureau
safe inside a drawer.
They hide both pain and sorrow,
an everlasting sore.
His choice was not to share,
so he placed them in the dark
and there they stayed in solitude
not leaving any mark.

The key revealed a brother,
a younger one he had.
A photo of them laughing
when each was just a lad.
A bundle of old letters
in bold and steady hand
sent from his only sibling
from a far off foreign land.

The official post a bombshell,
news that he was dead,
killed by a sniper's bullet,
directly to the head.
Along with all his medals
condolences were sent
from all of his battalion,
sincerity was meant.

Why would Jack keep the silence?
Too painful to confess?
His motives to conceal it 
a measure of distress?
His loved ones thought they knew him, 
but this another side.
A part they failed to understand
long after he had died.


© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw



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This is so very humbling and extremely sad and tragic Chris. This tale of someone life. That gave so much for others. But was sadly was kept locked up inside a bureau. I could actually picture so many life like this in different scenarios. Locked up inside some dusty old suitcase or bureau.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Dawn. The war brought so many tragic situations, so many died, that some couldn't handle i.. read more



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some war stories are so horrific they just can't be re-told for fear of upsetting loved ones ... the only way they cannot be forgotten is to hide them away until the next generation can know the truth of what war was like.

Posted 1 Month Ago


This is absolutely wonderful, the rhythm and the message/story within are just so moving. Well done, Chris x

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Pleased to see you Scott and thank you for your lovely review. All good wishes.

Chris
This is a sad and very touching tale Chris and I guess that many of us will have similar family tales that we may not even know about. There are all sorts of reasons for keeping these things quiet and it would be good to think that we might be better these days at sharing them. One thing has occurred to me is that if we have anything we don't want to share stashed away burn it before its too late! One final comment is that you've written it in a very simple way which works well. I wrote a story called 'walking to zero' - something I discovered about my dad years after he passed away.
All the best,
Alan

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Alan for your review. Yes burning any evidence would be a good move to keep secrets safe.. read more
So true to life this one ...like 'seletons' in the cupboard. How many of us have these stashed away that may even go with us to the grave eh? Some would bring about marvelous revelations. Poignant piece. Thank you for sharing.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks kitty, how right you are. Many skeletons in many cupboards. All good wishes

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So sad. But so true. Often we die with secrets people don't even know why they were secrets at all

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks Lyn. I'm sure many have died keeping secrets buried from their loved ones. Sad that they can'.. read more
Thank you for sharing your beautiful words Chris, and reminding us to remember and reflect.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thank yous Richard for your review. Most appreciated.

Chris
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Gee
It seems many a man of bygone years kept their own council, not sharing any secret or emotion, how times have changed. Men of today share everything, often too much, and use moisturiser...what's that all about. I thought women liked men with a wrinkled puss and calloused hands :))

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Good morning Gee. Smiling at your response. Sadly the old stiff upper lip and all that. They buttone.. read more
Gee

2 Months Ago

All well here thanks you, just taking my daughter to her work then over to mums to take down decorat.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Yes, we have the tree to contemplate today as well. Good to hear you taking care of your Mum.
Your poetry never ceases to amaze and delight me, dear Chris. Here again, is a shining example of profound human sadness expressed in flowing rhyme, as the reader pictures that old, timeworn bureau in their minds. Perhaps, it was a grief with which he could never come to terms, let alone overcome. Amazing depth here, my friend.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hello DIVYA. Thank you so much. Sadly I think it was too deep a grief. His only sibling and he had a.. read more
DIVYA

2 Months Ago

Indeed Chris. Especially men. I understand that.
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Jef
Well, It definitely gave me chills. I love the poem, I'll be sure to keep reading yours. Amazing!

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Jef. Appreciate your visit.

Chris
Another sorry tale echoing the tragedies of war and the very sad after effects.
There is really no answer for all of this, yet forever it goes on

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Dave. Yes the after effects, too painful to discuss. Buried in the Bureau. Always good to .. read more

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