For Fun

For Fun

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Pellets from an air rifle
penetrated a swan's neck
while she incubated a clutch of eggs.
She was found
bleeding on ground
close to her deserted nest.
The perpetrator wasn't caught
though sought out
by those insensed by this event.
Our swan was saved
yet there are four less cygnets
gracing our river.


© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Surprising just how ignorant people can be. My wife and I were at Blenhiem recently and as we looked down onto Queen Pool at a swan egg sitting two foreign tourists appeared below taking photographs. The male decided to get closer to the swan and was within ten feet when I shouted at him to get away from it. No sooner had we started back towards Woodstock when we came upon a group of oriental tourists chasing ducks to get them to fly for their photos. My wife gave them what for despite the fact they appeared not to understand English. Believe me they understood her!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Pleased you were able to challenge. There is ignorance, but there is also malice and that is unforgi.. read more



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It is amazing how ignorant and uncaring people can be. People who do such things should themselves be punished in a like manner. I've been privileged to see these beautiful birds reasonably close-up. They are truly magnificent in their beauty and their grace. For the life of me I cannot begin to understand why anyone would want to harm them.

Take care - Dave

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

They are truly magnificent Dave. Always good to see on the stretch of the Thames close to where I li.. read more
Very sad poem. I've stayed away from swans after they attacked a friend of mine who tried to get his shoe in the lake but ended up being bitten. We never got his shoe back.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

When they have their cygnets close at hand, you should keep your distance. How did his shoe get in t.. read more
JungLee

4 Months Ago

We were putting our legs in the lake but he was wearing crocs when one of our friends pushed him. So.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

You have to keep your distance. Get too close and there are consequences (:
Heartbreaking, sometimes fun comes at a cost weight to heavy on the soul. Man dares to gamble with the price ever too often. Spoken from a mothers heart, your words echo a tribute to the gentle harmless creatures that cannot tell us their story.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

I am so fond of animals Kee and this needless cruelty penetrates deep. It is senseless. Many thanks .. read more
this is horrible, there's no sense in these actions
truly heartbreaking

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Edie for your much appreciated visit.

Chris
We are so disrespectful towards animals and ourselves these days to the point where is there any common sense left and those very people who are the perpetrators would not like their privacy interfered with. A sad truth Chris.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Andrew for your response.

Chris
utterly heart breaking, shocking, fills me with angry grief and terrible pity for the motherless ones, drives me to question the motives of the perpetrators,

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

I don't understand their motives either. It is such a destructive and cruel thing to do Ruselnex. Th.. read more
RuseInex

4 Months Ago

you are welcome
this is very sad & should never happen, but it happens

Neville

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Sadly it does and yet it achieves nothing. Just proves how low some people stoop. Thank you Neville .. read more
Surprising just how ignorant people can be. My wife and I were at Blenhiem recently and as we looked down onto Queen Pool at a swan egg sitting two foreign tourists appeared below taking photographs. The male decided to get closer to the swan and was within ten feet when I shouted at him to get away from it. No sooner had we started back towards Woodstock when we came upon a group of oriental tourists chasing ducks to get them to fly for their photos. My wife gave them what for despite the fact they appeared not to understand English. Believe me they understood her!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Pleased you were able to challenge. There is ignorance, but there is also malice and that is unforgi.. read more
just for fun, they do it...killing, not even for sport, but just for a laugh...
i like the irony of the title...but am saddened always to hear of this kind of cruelty...

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Senseless it is Jacob, and always done when there isn't anyone around who can challenge this cruelty.. 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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