Late O'Clock

Late O'Clock

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Beyond this rain splashed window pane,
my eyes are drawn towards the town,
three storeys high and looking down
into the harbour's thirsty mouth.

Low tide, sees anchored boats like stone
and silent streets unwelcome though
a glow from amber lamps gives light
to soften where the water laps.

Square riggers once would grace this place
and Captain's lodged where I now stay,
so they too had the same sharp view
of Brixham that I have today.

These cottages of pastel hues,
that oversee from giddy heights
at dawn are of the present time,
yet haunt the living late at night.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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I love how you describe places and things. You allowed me to see them in my visions. Day visions and night vision, the world can change in our eyes. Thank you Christine for sharing the amazing poetry. I enjoyed this one.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Dear Coyote, thank you for your kind review, and sorry for the tardiness of my reply. This one escap.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome Christine.



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I have been and seen and that beach over there and the finest tattoo shop and a fine fish and chip too

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Love the place gram. Just booked to go back in October. Was there about five weeks ago. Fish and chi.. read more
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Rye
Such a wonderful write here, so lovely

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

That's good to know :) Feel free to raid my archives:)
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Rye

2 Months Ago

I probably will later, I am trying to ail my back. I hate backaches
Love this lusty account of a seaside town in all its former glory and love the description and wonderful account you set out in this piece Chris. Being a pleb I tried but failed to follow the rhyming scheme!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Bugger!!!!
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

:)) I mix and match sometimes.
John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Bad girl!!
Nice closing, and true about old house [have noticed a theme of closeness to the sea in several of your poems, Christine].

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Dear Nolo, I thank you for your visit. I do indeed have a love of the sea, especially Brixham. Going.. read more
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Funny how at night something so vibrant can appear so eerie.
I must Google Brixham to see if there's more to the story. Maybe it's a haunted town?

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

It's a very old fishing town in Devon. Probably got lots of history re smugglers Ana. Thank you. I l.. read more
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11 Months Ago

You're welcome, it sounds like an intriguing spot.
Haunts your readers, too.
Both beauty and melancholy linger.
Mesmerizing poem!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Jimmy. That muse of mine comes out late at night.

Chris
Loved the era...it took me there I felt like from the first line...and third stanza is like I could have a HD vision of it!!
I came back from there to review😀!!
Great read☺

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Tahsin.Z Appreciate very much your visit and your comments.

Chris
NO MORE

1 Year Ago

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That you're already welcomed!😊
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you :))
"Late O' Clock,
The very lateness of the hour which opens your poem is the thing which grabs my attention. I have always enjoyed this period. It is a an opportunity for relaxed and creative contemplation. The imagery and words of past vessels with there captains and what and where they were doing and going in a much earlier time is whimsical and interesting. History is all around and this poem welcomes its reality in the lovely pastel colored cottages and the very abode which you looked out over you inspiring panorama.
Lovely inspiring little story-poem.
Blessings,
Kathy

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Kathy. Your kind review is much appreciated.
Very, very atmospheric indeed, I could almost smell and taste the salt, the tar and kerosene oozing from the harbour down below and all of it bathed in a cloak of mysterious hue, the like of which only Late O' Clock might convey.... excellent... Neville

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Neville

1 Year Ago

It certainly reads very well indeed and one day I may just pay it a visit........Neville
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

You won't be sorry. Small fishing town, lovely ambience. Night time looking out, a dream.
Neville

1 Year Ago

Then I am sure I shall one day, thank you....N
The visuals you paint are extraordinary, and allowed me to "see" the scene with clarity. Additionally, you've conveyed a richness of mood and detail in not that many words. Outstanding writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Samuel for a great review. Much appreciated.

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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