If Your Face Doesn't Fit

If Your Face Doesn't Fit

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

In an ice splintered twilight
Sits dark in the gloam'
A bird on a wire
The others have flown.
Perhaps they've migrated
And left it alone?

So I think of the city
And its burnished, bright lights
And the plight of the homeless,
Forgotten at night,
As they huddle for cover
And keep out of sight.

I ponder on faces
Of the Mothers who birthed,
the ones who have nothing
on this cold planet Earth,
And the lesson I've learned,
If your face doesn't fit,
your prospects and future
Are worthless as spit.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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I liked the below lines.
"If your face doesn't fit,
your prospects and future
Are worthless as spited"
Old school wisdom is the best. Honest and powerful words and thoughts shared Christine in the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

You have made my day reading all my stuff. Thanks.
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

I loved your work Christine. You are a talented writer and you are welcome.
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Big, big thank you.



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This is a sad tale and unfortunately there are too many homeless people in the USA and around the world.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Poetic Beauty for sharing your thoughts. Appreciated.

Chris
Truth lives in your words, Chris. Whatever happened to a giving, sharing and civilised society? Your words positively weep down the 'page' in emotionally fine language which, by rights. shouldn't need to be said. Perhaps the weather is in fact. trying to wash Mankind's sins away.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Em for calling and leaving your thoughts. We have become heartless and have lost focus on .. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Too many guesses and not enough exchanges: that's the programme these days. In some cases, even fr.. read more
Very poignant poem on those less fortunate written with conviction beautifully illustrated by harshness of nature but you have a knack for that

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Kent, I appreciate your thoughtful review.

Chris
Their face doesn't fit is so accurate Chris, but what doesn't it fit??? Someone's preconceived ideas of what's okay and what's not, like some twisted and automated, instant response made, without ever actually looking or knowing what personal hell led to their current plight.
Maybe they are worried the sight of them will upset them enough to not be able to enjoy their overpriced pannini and coffee, as they browse online what designer treats they'll buy next.
Maybe if they put as much effort into wuestioning mp's about the crisis, for that is what it is, as they put into their pointless, vacuous tweets, then maybe they would actually do something about it.
Lets start #nohomesnovote trending. The revolution begins here.
Keep spreading the word, gal 😀

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lorry

1 Month Ago

Apart from a brief reprieve in the wind, and that big yellow fireball in the sky popping in for abou.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Yes I do, cos there have been so many storms they are gonna start running out of names soon. Also in.. read more
Lorry

1 Month Ago

No comment, I know a trap when i see one 😀
I read great cynicism in your lines. But then life is unfair. It weeds out those who don’t fit. Somethings will never change on earth.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thanks for your thoughtful review Pestonjee. Most appreciated.

Chris
A very powerful and meaningful write
Well done
I recently came across a poet, Georgia Douglas Johnson, who has addressed the same issues
Black Women
Old Black Men
Just two of her excellent pieces that both relate to your poem
Both worth a read.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Dave and for the towards Georgia Douglas Johnson. Will check her out over the weekend. All.. read more
A decidedly bleak perspective--which, unfortunately, seems frequently justified.
Miraculously, though, some have made it out of both severe poverty and homelessness;
admittedly, a monumental accomplishment.
With the help of those better situated, it is still possible.
That loving assistance was, of course, precisely what your powerful poem was meant to elicit.
Good on you, Christine!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Another oldie you have resurrected for an airing Jimmy. I appreciate that very much. Thank you.
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Vin
Thank you for an other relevant poem. You are doing a great work.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you viin for appreciating my efforts. All good wishes.

Chris
The light rhyming style of this poem contrasts powerfully with the serious nature of the subject matter. The effect is to bring us face to face with some of the harsh realities of life - the drop-outs and the rejected, the nonconformists and the unwelcome. 'Spit' was a disturbing word to use - but it made the point.

Your social conscience is strong and you use your poetic talent effectively to goad your readers . Most of us need it.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you for yet another wonderful review. My social conscience is indeed strong. The homeless situ.. read more
a true commentary on the state of our world -- there are so many things that end up equaling "success", and few of them have to do with the parts of a heart most worthwhile

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you for responding to this old poem. Much appreciated.

Chris

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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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