At the Heels of a Comet

At the Heels of a Comet

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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Jacob has posted his poem about Assia Wevill, the love rival of Sylvia Plath who was married to the poet Ted Hughes. We were having a conversation about her. Both women gassed themselves. My efforts:

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I wouldn't have wanted 
to walk in Assia's shoes
in soles worn paper thin by guilt.

Her sad footsteps unheard,
insignificant in the ether of history
forever overshadowed. 

How could it have been otherwise?
Blinded by a comet's flare,
in awe of its brilliance.

How do you follow that?
Her eyes green with envy, flecked with Ted,
a copycat demise.

One designed for maximum impact,
destroying a child, condemning a poet
to an existence haunted by ghosts.

A suicide death,
extinguished her last breath,
suffocated by Sylvia's memories.


© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw



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Hello Chris!
It’s delightful to see a poem by you on a story, a saga that has always intrigued me. I loved your rendition of it! Your words are an apt tribute to the great poetess and I could feel her aura, reading this poem. No ordinary woman could stand in her light, however beautiful. No wonder, her rival was doomed from the start. It was almost mystical then, how their fates were entwined. Thank you for this beautiful read today evening my friend! Your pen is awesome as always 💕

And such a brilliant title too. Just love it.

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Dear DIVYA, a most fascinating triangle. I share your intrigue. Thank you so much for your thoughts... read more
DIVYA

4 Days Ago

You are most welcome Chris. And sending my best regards to you!
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you :)



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What a wonderful yet so sad a tribute to these beautiful and talented people.
This is so beautifully expressive - thank you Chris.

Take care - Dave

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Day Ago

Many thanks for your visit Dave. They were all very talented, but sadly we're linked by tragedy. All.. read more
I didn't read your notes intitally but instantly caught the story. Sylvia, Ted and Assia. The travails of this creative trumvirate.
This is an extremly strong yet sympathetic write. There are lines I wish I had written and the whole stands up very well as a tribute and an understanding.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

Many thanks for your visit Ken and your thoughtful response. I appreciate your thoughts. All good wi.. read more
Wow, a sublime tribute indeed. Chris a tapestry so full of inspiration, heartfelt, beautiful, humbling piece of work.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

Thank you Dawn for your thoughts on this one. All good wishes

Chris
This more than an effort, this is powerful artwork. A very capitvating piece of poetry.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you Dale for your thoughts. I appreciate your visit. All good wishes.

Chris
This one needs to be submitted immediately. Between the subject matter and so many awesome lines, the shoe line, the Ted line. wow Christine, this is amazing work. A truly inspired piece. Makes me proud to read you!!

Posted 6 Days Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thanks Crowley. Followed a discussion I had with Jacob about Sylvia. The whole love triangle was one.. read more
Chris,
A powerful and dramatic poem about the lives of those who walk on private land and vandalize what is there. Oh how we humans tend to brutalize ourselves with such untoward desire! This poem is filled with great images . . ."blinded by a comet's flare." Indeed, Sylvia was a 'comet!' I had never read about Hughes and Assia. Deceit sure does leave a trail of blood and tears.
Tom

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thanks Tom. The Sylvia, Assia and Ted triangle was one of intrigue I have to say. Sylvia was indeed .. read more
This poem packs quite a punch, Christine. So in love with another that she took her life in the same way. But why take her child with her? What goes through a person's mind to do such a thing? Of course, there is no logic to be applied to an illogical act like suicide. Was she upset Sylvia's poetry overshadowed hers? I guess we will never know the truth. Well written, Christine. Lydi**

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Pleased all is OK. Nice to go away :)
Lydia

6 Days Ago

Absolutely...nice to come home too though! :) Thanks for caring and noticing my absence.
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

You are welcome Lydi**
This is an amazing poem. But Who is Silvia? This has been a recurring subject in many poems on this site, but who is she? what's her story?

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thank you CatCrazy. Google Sylvia Plath, famous American poet. Married to Ted Hughes, an English poe.. read more
this is one helluva poem we got here our Chris... poemed to perfection & a keeper for sure.. For once, it seems I am lost for words & true.. for what has not been said before, is hardly worth me saying now.... I give ya 100/100 but would give ya more if only......... Neville :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Very high praise from you Neville. You have left me with a smile and I thank you for that from the b.. read more
"a copycat demise" wonderful phrasing...and yes, living in that big shadow...stepping into those shoes, or after them...too much...but I am not sure I can forgive her for including their child...just never will understand that...a mother's love would prevent that...
this poem is so powerful...
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thanks Jacob. Yes, I agree with you. That child should have lived. It is quite difficult to comprehe.. read more

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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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