January Shadows

January Shadows

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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Father - Daughter

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What would you make of me dear Dad,
if we could share a cup of tea
and watch the sail boats work the breeze
devoid of other company?
As I pour a stronger brew, look
into your long dead eyes, would you
linger there with me? Stay a while,
smile back and say, "I love you girl
no matter what." Or would you turn
to me and say "this time my dear
you've lost the plot".
I'm older now than you were then.
How strange it seems to me in dreams
we meet and both of us are old.
How warm you are when you break through.
How cold I feel, your absence felt.
Yet when you pierce that flimsy veil
the freeze soon thaws, the ice soon melts
and I again a child of ten,
recall with glee the laughter when
stories dipped in sugar water
never end in tears or slaughter.

© 2018 Chris Shaw


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mixed memories of your dad, sometime jovial, other times more direct....but then you speak of dream-like times when you were young and was able to have fun with your dad...your dreams are filled with times of older ages....and younger ones as well...fathers and daughters have special relationships.... a special bond. Many of us go through this special time with our dads. A nice keepsake of your dad.
Best, B

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Dear Betty thank you for that lovely review. 32 years gone now. that is an awful long time.You are v.. read more
Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

You're very welcome dear friend!
Best, B



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darn near brought me to tears. off the charts. 'nuff said dear poet ... :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Aw Pete, thanks so much. Hope you are keeping well my friend. All good wishes to you.

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I lost my father when I was ten, I recently lost my mother not too long ago, and then my husband left me recently. I can feel this write. Such an emotional read.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you writergurl. I appreciate your review. So sorry to learn of your losses. I hope they soften.. read more
This poem brought back fond memories of my mother who died in 1989, mostly good and yet some of the memories I would just soon forget yet time has dulled the pain of them for me.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for reading January Shadows. I appreciate your thoughts. Pleased you shared them w.. read more
The emotions here are quite palpable. Both of my folks are in their 80s now and I know these things will be haunting me in the future. Very nice write. ~Jim

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks Jim for you visit and your encouraging review. Pleased you stopped by. All the best. read more
powerful poem Chris. Memories are potent potions. Reading this beautiful poem I was reminded, and happily assured, that I'm am not the only one holding frequent seances with a departed parent.

ken

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

My parents are never far away. Always in the background. That is manageable. Wouldn’t want the emo.. read more
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This is bittersweet. I felt every word.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much Metempsychosis. I appreciate your visit. Do I know you from previous writing:)
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it was not just by chance I found my way back here .. again .. Neville

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you my friend. January with four anniversaries within two weeks to work through. It is the mos.. read more
Neville

1 Month Ago


............. I have no words but a virtual hug is on its way
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Very gratefully received 💜
Such a dear write.
Memorie3s are precious.
A strong bond between father and daughter.
Nicely penned.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hello Melinda. Many thanks for leaving me such a beautiful review. All good wishes.

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A beautiful poem on relationship. Goo work friend.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much Arundass. Your kind review is greatly appreciated.

Chris
This was so touching. I feel the loss, pain, sadness, happiness , connection.
Know that your dad is in a better place and proud of his talented daughter.
At least poetry is purging our feelings.
Awesome!

Posted 12 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

12 Months Ago

Thank you Sami for choosing this poem. It is one that I was particularly pleased with. Just as I wi.. read more
Sami Khalil

12 Months Ago

Wow! Nothing like it. Those special moments. You are welcome. Sailing away now, waving my goodbye.

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Chris Shaw
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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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