An Unlikely Drummer

An Unlikely Drummer

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(some people stay with you forever, they just have that ability)

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Make no mistake,
eccentricity can fascinate
as well as captivate.

She was quirky, a trifle off track,
yet when I reflect on her
she materialises
in a fusion of fondness.
A face with no name,
her unlikely fame
a source of entertainment.

Her eccentricity a pure delight,
sightings in Hyde Park at weekends,
she stokes up the crowd,
like embers, she ignites.

Surrounded by locals,
inquisitive tourists, she gives of her best,
banging a beat on her do it yourself drum kit.
Her zest for life can't be contained in
empty biscuit tins or thirsty wooden barrels.

She resorts to an assortment of songs.
An old medley in her gravelly voice,
grey hair hanging in tangles,
past her prime, let alone time.

She sings of nightingales,
of keeping the home fires burning,
of Mother Kelly's doorstep.
She sang them all,
her audience enthralled by her enthusiasm.

Nothing like a London knees up
to please the punters.
A fanfare for my English roots,
those drum sticks banged, rolled and clicked.
Where she got her energy from
was beyond me, maybe that flask of tea 
was of a stronger brew?

Lady with no name, what joy you gave.
May you forever play in the corridors
of the minds of the many
who still to this day
remember you.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw



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Are you sitting comfortably? Then i'll begin.
Sorry for the dramatic start, but I am guessing this will be a long review, seeing as I have a little experience of quirky. :)
I really like the fact that she isn't named, making her anyone, but still very much someone special.
She certainly left her mark on you, as your homage to her attests to, which is all she would hope for, to be remembered for doing what she loves, in her own inimat...innimat...unique way. :)
Those who tread an unworn path, battle more than just making a clearing for others to follow, they inspire us to follow our own path and beat the drum to our passions tune.
Whoever she may be, I salute her, and you too, for seeing what she was all about.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

I love quirky, I love free thinkers and those who walk off the beaten track. Those who may be a bit.. read more



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I think I'd remember her, too. Being quirky and eccentric makes her even more appealing and memorable. (Different is good) How well you've told us of her.

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Hours Ago

I agree Sam, different is good. Different is interesting. Different is worth looking at. Many thanks.. read more
Ah, Hyde Park...our favorite go to spot in London! There are so many who entertain there....whether banging on tins or standing on soapbox. It's a lovely place to spend the afternoon...and your description of this lady is so vivid, I could picture her. How wonderful she brought joy to many....I wonder if she ever realized. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

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She was a performer Lydi**. I think she would have known by the crowds that gathered around her that.. read more
I love this -- the purity of it all. Even if it was not set in London, the motive of this eccentric drummer will always remind us of that one street performer or even an acquaintance whose primary goal is to make people happy by sharing their talents. It is that passion that we want to emulate, why many people choose to view her performance every day, delighting both parties. So do I. I now want to watch this woman and learn from her.

This poem is simple to read, conveys the messages it wants to portray clearly and teaches us a valuable lesson: that it doesn't matter whether your hairs are greying or not. You always have a chance to live out your dream and make yourself and people around you happy. You never know, your experience might just be the key to fulfilling that simple dream. That's how I read it. I may be off on some parts.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Many thanks Jamie for your thoughtful review. Pleased you found my page. Glad you saw the wisdom in .. read more
Oh bless, and that generation had its fair share of eccentrics who would be frowned upon today or locked up.
I am the older generation now lol, but my father's generation would speak out and probably be loved for it. Mind they were all Cockneys and would be singing "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep " along with the old lady

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Stella, she was a real character, quite unforgettable.

Chris
Some people leave a mark. We’ll not know what motivates them. Perhaps it’s a deep love in them for fellow humans and a need to touch the world, make it a better place. We all have it but such people go out of their way to make a change. A memorable poem, dear Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you DIVYA. She was certainly a memorable old lady. You wouldn't forget her easily :)
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As I've said many times, you have the most amazing assortment of ideas for things to write about. But this one really hits my heart. I've always been fond of quirky people. I've always ended up friends with the oddballs. I love your portrait, so honest & frank, yet gentle & loving. Perfectly balanced portrait of how the unusual can be so intriguing. Great details, too! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Margie. She was a treasure, that's for sure. Fondest to you.

Chris
First of all, this is a very well written piece of work that you have here. The next thing I'd like to say is that the flow of it was pleasantly smooth and not once did I find myself feeling I had gotten over any bumps. The rhythm and nature of the poem feels rather upbeat, just like the drum and drummer.

I'm glad you also haven't given this "person" a name, leaves it a fine wee mystery but also allows for a general interpretation and even gives way to opportunity of being even more relatable. Absolutely love how you portrayed this particular character, and I look forward to reading now some of your other works.

Hope you are having a splendid New Year so far,

~CarthageThorne


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Hello Carthage Thorne and welcome to my page. Thank you for your thoughtful review, gratefully recei.. read more
Chris I love the jaunt and the freedom of this woman who you paint with such colorful brushstrokes. Great title too- for she was a true artist- not fitting into anyone’s imposed niche. I can tell from your lovely tribute how much she, her improvised drums, her gravelly voice, her zest and eccentricity meant to you and so many others. Your imagery helps me to see a place I’ve never been but often imagined. So joyously and uniquely English. Very relatable though as I’ve seen and admired so many street artists on the streets and in the subway tunnels of NYC all my life. Cheers to you and cheers to the Lady Drummer! P.S. A little flask always helps the music flow- ha!


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Christine Anne Shaw

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Dear Annette. I have long thought that flask had something stronger than tea in it :) This old lady .. read more
The freedom of different without care or doubt is what makes life a exciting and adventurous place- the dare without a care- oh how i love drums, flutes, any musical instrument that brings your in er child alive played from the heart and soul- showing your true self- sounds wonderful you brought her to life- 🌹

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Kelly, once you had seen this old lady perform, you would never be able to forget her. She was .. read more
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1 Week Ago

Im sure she was 🌹
Whoever she is or was, she is an amazing character indeed.. the fact she attracted so many to her and for so long is clearly an indication of just how entertaining she was.. playing the drums and providing simultaneous vocals is no easy feat.. there have not been many who have attempted that in public.. am not surprised you found her captivating Chris... whether she was a retired musician, down on her luck or just a delightful eccentric with a scarce gift.. it dont matter, she seems to have made people happy.. another rare gift... bring em on I say..... Thank you for this, our Chris

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Neville Pettitt

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they cost nuthin and may not be the best articulated, but they are from me to you, and always.. unle.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

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You articulate beautifully and your responses treasured x
Neville Pettitt

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thank you kindly & then some x

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