Absent Stars

Absent Stars

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

And who has swept the stars away
not one remains in sight?
Too eager with their bristle brush
they've cleaned the sky at night.
So all those clustered gems I love
which give me peace of mind,
are huddled in an unknown place
that torchlight can not find.

A canvas stretches end to end
devoid of silver light.
The moon has left, those sparklers gone
will no one hear my plight?
If I should ask or make a wish
or plead for compromise,
will someone spare two tiny stars
and place them in my eyes?

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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You are a metaphysical genius, aren't you, Chris? The beautiful allusion of the astral entitities which stand as harbingers of hope and light is employed with such delicate rhythm. The stars and the luminiscence of the moon provide clarity of vision, without which the night seems opaque and obscure. Your narrator's plaint is visceral and you convey her haplessness and blindness without cutting any corners.

I know for a fact, that light or love is never too far away, only when you allow them to enter your filtered walls.

Beautiful writing, chris. You are as impactful as prolific.

Cheers!
M.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

You are far too generous Mallika:)

Chris



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Lovely piece, Chris.

I often look up for the stars when the world feels ugly, and felt I'd relate in reading this- but you've gone so much further and pulled me into a world of great imagery and powerful words.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Mel
Wow Christine. BEAUTIFUL symbolism. I'm glad there are poets like you on here.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

What a lovely thing to say Mel. Thank you for the compliment and many thanks for visiting this page... read more
This is very nice
Hadn't seen it before
Sounds like you just had another no star night last night so I hope things improve
Quite decent here

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

An oldie Dave. Thought it might be good to give it an airing. Last night it rained! Thank you for ch.. read more
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So beautifully written. You are one hell of a cosmical artist, Chris.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

What a lovely thing to say Fairy. I thank you so much for your visit.

Chris
A charming ditty, with a depth the belies its simplicity.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Jibey, an oldie out for an airing. That's the poem, but could be me too :)

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Do you mind if I elbow my way in past all these reviewers to add my five penny worth? Your poetry is a delight and I love to read it.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Augustus, I am delighted to have you elbow your way in. Thank you so much for reading my poetry and .. read more
augustus

2 Months Ago

Without doubt you must continue writing Chris. Like me, once you start you can't stop!
Lovely. And rooted in astrophysical truths. Because every single thing in the observable universe is in motion, in the extremely distant future every single planet, star, moon, etc.. will be so far away from each other that not even light is fast enough to close the distance. Our night sky will be forever completely devoid of starlight and we really will be alone in a universe about to die from what is called a "heat death". Of course, this is literally many many trillions of years away (googlplex) so nothing we know of today will be around to see it happen. Even the Milky Way galaxy would have collided into many others forming something completely different by then... probably even certain physical laws of the universe will have changed by then.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

David, I just write the poem and you can feed back with wonderful and intelligent conversation. I re.. read more
David george

2 Months Ago

Not everyone knows what they know. Based on what I've read from you over our time here I would be w.. read more
How beautiful, Chris. Right up my street, that one. Quite short but beautifully rhythmic and rhyming.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Amber. Just brought this one out for an airing. I do that every now and again with my olde.. read more
Living under a night sky dimmed by city lights,
I can feel your longing.
Time away gives a chance to see the beauty,
and the memory of the stars wait hiding behind your eyes.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Jon. There is something truly mesmerising in a starlit sky. Hope all is OK with you.
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I really love this Chris! Love the rhythm and message of the poem as well!
You really have a knack for writing!

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Flowers of Eternity, and you have the knack of making me feel good about my poetry. Thank you so muc.. read more
Flowers of Eternity

1 Year Ago

Your welcome!
Thank you for the compliment as well!
Appreciated it!
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

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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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