If Your Face Doesn't Fit

If Your Face Doesn't Fit

A Poem by Chris 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 Chris Shaw


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We are all just numbers to be expelled, extinguished, forgotten while the untouchables say its for the greater good, yes war is a sacrifice we do, to save our country, but its the pollie's insincerity that hurts because as long as they are safe they dont care, consumed in their own righteousness. Also applies to the homeless but this is where your write took me.:)

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Andrew thanks so much for your review. I love to learn where my words take the reader. Each of .. read more
andrew mitchell

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You too Chris, cheers.
andrew mitchell

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I think many a soldier who has served has become forgotten by those who sent them and have become d.. read more



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We are all just numbers to be expelled, extinguished, forgotten while the untouchables say its for the greater good, yes war is a sacrifice we do, to save our country, but its the pollie's insincerity that hurts because as long as they are safe they dont care, consumed in their own righteousness. Also applies to the homeless but this is where your write took me.:)

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Andrew thanks so much for your review. I love to learn where my words take the reader. Each of .. read more
andrew mitchell

1 Month Ago

You too Chris, cheers.
andrew mitchell

1 Month Ago

I think many a soldier who has served has become forgotten by those who sent them and have become d.. read more
Surely... the Countries that Immigrants left...
could have taught them to build homes and learn
to garden and have Chickens and Cows. What a Travesty
our Country will become. Too little... too late is being done.
Sadly, Pat

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Hello Pat. This poem is about the homeless, often veterans on the streets of the UK. Many of them wi.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

Hi Chris... it is sad to see Veterans who fought for your Country to be homeless. We have helped Ve.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

We have much imported drug crime and knife crime in gangs. Our capital city has become a cess pit. I.. read more
Its great when a title can grab you and make you wonder what comes next. A solid piece of poetry executed wisely.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thanks duff for checking in on this old poem, out for a breath of fresh air. Good to see you.
.. read more
I really love this. "burnished" great word and love the ending, not one I expected but awesome! Made me giggle and think good for you girl! Love the rhyming as well. I haven't wrote rhyme for awhile actually a long while.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you Patricia. At one time all my work rhymed. These days I use it now and again. Pleased you c.. read more
Patricia

9 Months Ago

My pleasure, as always.
This poem amazing me with its imagery, beauty, sadness, and despite being short, saying so much. It sounds similar to the flow of spoken word, as this was something I dabbled in, I can tell people would like to hear this out loud sometime. Thank you for sharing, 10/10

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you for that generous review. Your visit most welcome and appreciated.

Chris
A powerful way of expression. Yes, the pathetic condition of the homeless and their plight. They are being treated like dust and ignored. A sympathetic and caring view can change the scenario

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you dear Sima. This is an old poem out for a breath of fresh air. So pleased you called on it,.. read more
This is a sad tale and unfortunately there are too many homeless people in the USA and around the world.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Year 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.

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year 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 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Kent, I appreciate your thoughtful review.

Chris

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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