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Sink Or Swim

Sink Or Swim

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Into the glare of sun I stare
reflected in the river's flow.
Below its surface, schools of fish,
flash silver as they dart then slow.

In forests strange which lurk beneath
while ripples oscillate and fade.
A sudden splash they're gone from sight
into the depths as dark as night.

How I wish at times when I 
feel life has sucked my marrow dry,
that I a Pisces through and through
could dive and surface as they do.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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Even us Sagittarians wish that Chris.. I know I do from time to time.... actually, most of the time... a smashing reflection, if I may say so..

One day, I'm gonna write about the silver subterranean river my father took me to as a little kid next to the arsenic mines and sage green flowing streams just this side of the Devon/Cornwall border... I swear I shall... Neville

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Neville. You write that poem about you and your Dad. I'll be the first to read it.
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Neville

1 Year Ago

.......... :)



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I really love the rhythm as well as the message in this poem.. I could really feel it.
Wonderful poem!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your review, and please accept my apologies for the tardy acknowledgement Flowers of E.. read more
Flowers of Eternity

1 Year Ago

It's alright Chris!
Life has a way of keeping us just above the water lone for the most part, which doesnt make it any easier to know while we are under it. An equilibrium of safety woulf be nice, but when do we ever get what we want, or need? :)
To be a fish in a pond, with only the worry of a fish to have. :)
Ah, who am I kidding? All this pain and confusion that is life would be missed... For like three minutes :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

I suppose even fish have their problems Lorry. They are probably on the look out for even bigger fis.. read more
How often have I had such thoughts ?
Not a silver fish to dart round in the sparking stream or under the shade of boughs
No a bird I fancy to be flying high to catch the flys
A swallow possibly then when winters cold days arrive
Go for a winter in the sun many miles away

Wouldn't it be nice

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

I sometimes imagine I am a bird in flight as well. Somewhere in my archives I have a poem about just.. read more
"that I a Pisces through and through
could dive and surface as they do."
My favorite lines Chris.
One Pisces to another, I know I've been there.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

grimfukle

1 Year Ago

Thanks Chris, all is well. Yes, February will see another year added to the tally sheet.
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Don't that just hurt as you get a wee bit older?
grimfukle

1 Year Ago

I actually am more at peace at this age than I have been in life. The demons have been put to bed, a.. read more
and why can`t you,i know u can

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Ron. I am pleased you checked in. Good to see you.

Chris
 wordman

1 Year Ago

always a pleasure chris
I think you do, every day that you put your perfect writing in these pages. I won’t be able to look at a fish now without thinking about this poem!!! Great write!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

What a nice thing to say Crowley.Something really relaxing about looking at fish swimming around in .. read more
A casual observation of the beauty of one of Nature’s creations turns into a reflection on the deeper nuances of life. The silver flashing fishes, their agility and ability to fly in and out of their milieu at whim, the turbulence of life itself all combine to bring on a realisation. Appreciated so much, Chris!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

It is I who should thank you DIVYA. Your visit very much appreciated.

Chris
DIVYA

1 Year Ago

It was such a pleasure to read, Chris! You are most welcome!
Loved the imagery in this one, Christine. Yes, if only we could dive in and out of the water as the fish do...hide when necessary and show our faces when we chose to. The rhyming is flawless. Wonderful. Lydi**

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Lydi**. Pleased you enjoyed these lines of mine.

Chris
Sink or swim. I float. Damn good floater too. Life make us dance and dodge. I had became a good dancer. Glad for the good days. Thank you Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.

Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

I float too Coyote, and swim well, but I can't dive. You need to be able to do that in life as well... read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

I enjoyed this one Chris and you are welcome.
Well take time to rest your mind look deep inside be still and there within the stillness of your being you’ll begin to swim and dive the surface through and through🌹

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Words of wisdom from you. I need to learn to relax and be still. I haven't learned the art of that y.. read more

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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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