Not My Conundrum

Not My Conundrum

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Thomas Hardy - Far From The Madding Crowd)

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Somehow that expression
two wrongs don't make a right
has stuck
Like being in a rut
a stylus not moving
from the same vinyl groove
When Gabriel Oak
was roused by ringing sheep bells
he set off in pursuit

To find that his younger dog
had driven his flock 
over a Dorset cliff edge
Their carcasses lay
strewn below, two hundred ewes
heavy with prospective lambs
Dead or dying
left to the cleansing mercy
of the incoming tide
I don't know why
I sobbed in silence for the sheep
at sixteen in my cinema seat
But I cried out loud
when that young collie who lacked
comprehension was shot to death
That was my first understanding
of two wrongs don't make a right
still rigid in my much older head
And I tell myself
there is no way I can condone
the taking of life as retribution

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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Amazing analogy. KUDOS to you for reaching such a conclusion at a tender age. I feel like I had a much more rigid, unforgiving view when I was young. Its easy to feel empathy for people who are wronged when one is young, but much harder to feel empathy for wrong doers. Over time, my views have softened considerably, and I don't think an eye for an eye, with a few notable exceptions , is a good idea -- not sure I can feel too much sympathy for the extreme psychopaths, dictators, and despots of the world, but generally, all life is sacred. A really thoughtful write.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thanks Lyn. I'm not a pacifist, so do believe in protecting the land we live in, just anti capital p.. read more



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Oh to have been the eyes and pen of Thomas Hardy as he wrote about his countrymen. Dear Chris you have brought me back to the dark relationship of Gabriel and Bathsheba, of the Dorset of old, of the bad decisions people made in their struggle to survive. Great title and verses that evoke the death of innocents as Hardy writ. Your emotive words convey the horror you felt as a child in reading about the slaughter- the heinous belief of an ‘eye for an eye’, and the lesson you learned. Beautifully told and written my friend.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Sorry for the very late response Annette. I love Thomas Hardy, and Far From the Madding Crowd was on.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

1 Year Ago

Yes I so agree with you. Thomas Hardy is a favorite of mine too.:))
Sixteen has come and gone but, judging by your poetry, the tenderness of your heart has certainly remained.
Who does not admire a tenderhearted woman?
Poignant and meaningful narrative, good poetess!


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Jimmy, what a lovely response. I so appreciate your kind words.

Chris
Having served in the Army in Germany, soon after the war, I learned that the "enemy" also lost loved ones .
They were basically decent human beings who had been caught up in a dogma that retribution was justifiable. It was then that I realised that two wrongs do not make a right, but equally being too righteous may not stop the wrong. Understanding is a complicated process, but your final stanza gives us all food for thought.
Norman

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Such wisdom in your response Norman. I thank you so much.

Chris
All life is worthy. Even the little goldfish that lies dormant in a cigar box in my ten year old mind. You polished this to a most brilliant shine, Chris, and I wholeheartedly agree with every affirmation!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Kelly so much. Your response pleases me no end.

Chris
A hard lesson...all life is worthy...Im afraid of this world! Thank you Christine! It is emotionally powerful!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Queenie, I also believe in the worthiness of life.

Chris
this definitely gets its point across...reminds me of "A Hanging" by George Orwell...as short story i teach in my comp. class.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

I'll have to check that short story out Jacob as I am not familiar with it. Thank you so much for yo.. read more
The motto of the 24th Marine regiment is "Si vis pacem, para bellum" or..If you seek peace, prepare for war. And we must always seek peace first but likewise we must always be prepared to defend that peace against those who would take it from us. Tyrants must be removed from power and the living must answer for the dead. Peace and freedom are wonderful luxuries to have. But they are always bought with blood.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Fabian. When it comes to protecting the country we reside in, I agree with you. I am not a.. read more
We all learn this lesson in different ways Chris. Seeing the bullied become the bully, or the trolled become a troll, it just adds to the victims if the cycle is continued. Two wrongs just make more hurt to go round.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

That's exactly what I mean here Lorry. Two wrongs just make more hurt. Thank you for your response.<.. read more
WOW! WOW! And WOW! Your writing is great, but your message itself reveals your heart & mind in such a palpable way, I swear it's very brave to be so honest & transparent in your writing! This is startling in clarity & rarity . . . you are a rare bird, my friend. I love the way your mind works! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thanks Margie, sort of exposed my true self here haven't I? Well, it is a controversial subject and .. read more
barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I really love this poem!
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Margie, that means a lot.

Chris
Amazing analogy. KUDOS to you for reaching such a conclusion at a tender age. I feel like I had a much more rigid, unforgiving view when I was young. Its easy to feel empathy for people who are wronged when one is young, but much harder to feel empathy for wrong doers. Over time, my views have softened considerably, and I don't think an eye for an eye, with a few notable exceptions , is a good idea -- not sure I can feel too much sympathy for the extreme psychopaths, dictators, and despots of the world, but generally, all life is sacred. A really thoughtful write.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thanks Lyn. I'm not a pacifist, so do believe in protecting the land we live in, just anti capital p.. read more

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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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