When Words Mean Nothing

When Words Mean Nothing

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

I, a so called poet,
who can burn a blank page
with word rage,
can turn a lively sparkling sea
into a calm, soothing balm.
Who can conjure up a sunrise
or sink the sun beyond a horizon
paint words in colour
on a grey wet day
evoke the scent of a rose
in the throes of midwinter
and melt snowflakes in summer heat.
I can convey all this
and yet
when my beloved Mum
elderly and frail,
ailing and sick
tells me she wants to die,
all I can do is sigh
and tell her I love her.
I have no words
that will bring her a crumb
of comfort 

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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This is truly one of your very best that I've read so far. I love the way you touch all the familiar topics in fresh & heartfelt ways, a constant stream of amazing poems. Your descriptions of writing (here) are so lyrical & then your poem twists into the final torque that tweaks your heart, expressed gently & with immense compassion. I wish it were easier to talk about death sometimes (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Now your words do mean something Margie. Thank you so much.

Chris
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This is sad indeed Chris but perhaps one way of dealing with it is not to be sad but to accept that all too often aging leads down that path and simply being there and empathising is enough and all you can do. Don't try to alter her thinking but ask her what you can do for her today.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks John for your kind words. We accept my Mum's altered state, and do our best to keep her .. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

1 Month Ago

Its all you can do Chris but still not nice for you.
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

It's not unusual John. Many are faced with this situation these days :(
Poets have no words sometimes when those words are needed the most. This is a bitter sweet poem. I really like it, really have enjoyed reading it

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Cassie of the smiling face, thank you so much for your visit and your very kind words. All good wish.. read more
Hi. Your words, so raw with emotion struck a chord within my heart. And what you say is true, there are no real words of comfort to offer our loved ones who are in such pain and suffering that they would rather leave this worldly abode...
This one struck me deep...
Take care and warm regards...

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you free spirit for your thoughtful review. All good wishes coming your way.

Ch.. read more
free spirit

9 Months Ago

Always a pleasure and sending mountains of strength to you and your mum..
Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

You are really kind. Thank you for your caring.
My buddy had the same words spoken to him, with his mother spending more time in dialysis, than out, and eventually, she just wanted to drift away.
A difficult period to go through as you know and I often wonder what our thoughts will be under similar circumstances.
If your Mother was coherent at the end, that would be a minor blessing.
My Mother and Father-in-law, both with dementia, went very poorly, that being very hard on the families.
My Mother-in-law and my Father just dropped on the spot, which although shocking, was much easier on everyone

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thanks Dave, I have to agree that the dropping on the spot is kinder for all. What my mum is going t.. read more
Words can mean so much ~ even at the tenderest touch, can make or break us ~ make us feel at ease. They can do so much tis true ,make men do what they very oft rue. With words the world go round. lets face it where would we be ~ without words? Wonderful composition Christine.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much kitty, for giving this poem an airing. It means a great deal because it's about my.. read more
kitty

9 Months Ago

Dont we just that they could be with us always and forever!
Yes . . . a poet can do amazing things . . . but . . .
I appreciate this poem because it's not only well done but reveals a humility in the face of the human condition. Thanks for your being vulnerable before us.

Tom

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Many thanks Tom, for giving this old poem another airing. Nothing has changed since I first wrote it.. read more
You have touched my heart with this one. I'm at a loss for words...so touching and beautiful :) Julie

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your lovely words Julie. Very much appreciated.

Chris
Nice write Chris , we are only in control of our own destiny and sadly not for others.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Andrew, sadly you are right. Many thanks for calling on this older poem in the archives. G.. read more
You are like my grandma I can't judge your writing but I want to tell you that I love your writing style and the line that I love most in this poem is ,"I love my mum". Thanx for writing such a beautiful poem.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Taniska for your very lovely response.

Chris
telling her you love her is comfort to her but let her know that you understand and that she is free to go and that you will be ok as you understand.
thats my only advice. Hard to say though. I lost mum 4 years ago. its very hard. I miss her but know she is at peacenow. Take care and thanks for sharing your story with us x

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your lovely response Julie. Your words are very 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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