Small Miracles

Small Miracles

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

By the time I turn on
our chrome plated kitchen tap
gleaming and polished to perfection,
observe a fountain of clear cold aqua
gushing uninterrupted into the basin
of our stainless steel sink,
fill a tall, slim crystal clean glass
with its contents to quench my thirst

a child in a foreign land
has sadly died
as a direct consequence
of drinking dirty mud coloured water
diseased and foul
from a cracked pitcher

I am reminded we take for granted
on a daily basis, without a thought,
what others would gladly extol.
What is freely available to us
is nothing short of a miracle to many.



© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Your words here reminded me of sitting around an African village shadoof watching as the local medicine man waved his sprig of smoking leaves over and around the body of a young baby wrapped in one of my surplus tee shirts while the young mother threw dice against the dung wall and cursed the bad water jinn for taking her child... So yes, I agree whole heartedly, immediately available clean water, is nothing short of a miracle .. N.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Your first hand experience Neville reinforces to me and hopefully to anyone else reading these word.. read more



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Woo! Miss Christine! First, mad props to whatever you did to afford that clean and shiny kitchen! And you nailed a bitter truth, but filed the edges of your "jagged little pill" just enough that before one knew it...why they had absorbed and given thought to a topic you know too many merely *tsk*tsk'ed as they hurriedly read about it scrolling the news bytes on their phone before moving on to the next Hollywood gossip.


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Carol. Good to have you visit.

Chris
Not freely available, of course, and that's the problem. Our marketing cartels keep African goods off our shelves and undermine their ability to compete on world markets. Add to that corruption, and the ordinary person struggles to provide some of the basics.

Thank you for reminding us... we have much to be grateful for... and much that developing countries will do well to avoid.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Jibey. Yes we live in an unfair world. Not a fan of cartels I should add. You are spoiling.. read more
Jibey

1 Month Ago

A little spoiling does a person no harm... I am encouraged by your smiles.
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you :))
Very well polished piece of writing. Well Done.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for the thoughts. Appreciated.

Chris
Such a powerful and thought evoking poem. I love it.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your visit. Pleased to meet you on my page.

Chris

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I agree dear Chris.
"What is freely available to us
is nothing short of a miracle to many."
The above lines are true and I saw Africa starvation and lack of water with the medical teams in the Army. Powerful and useful words shared dear friend.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for understanding these words first hand Coyote. Must appreciated.

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Coyote Poetry

3 Weeks Ago

I did dear Chris and you are welcome.
So true your words ..nothing short of a miracle..the comparison of the shining chrome kitchen cool aqua running water..to the child s
muddied water in a cracked pitcher..really brings out the. drastic difference for the reader to see..so well done Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review Fran Marie. All good wishes to you.

Chris
Love the sentiments. Cultured people pontificate on the perils of poverty, but mostly the effort fades before the progress. It's not wilderness living that is the problem, it is adults refusing to take responsibility for the ills. It takes poets like yourself to rebuke the uncaring for allowing those ills. It is so easy to take clean water for granted -- unless you don't have it. Lots of miracles hide in the secrets of science. The children suffer because it takes such a big slice of foreign aid to keep the dictators and sheiks languishing in Courvoisier, Rolls Royces, and palaces. Good work, Chris. -- Doug

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Doug for your very thoughtful response. It's been a while since we had contact. Hope all.. read more
bigfootprint

2 Months Ago

Yes thanks Chris. Just took a hiatus from all that brain wrinkling process. Feeling good these days... read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

All good with me and pleased to hear same for you Doug. All good wishes from across the pond.
Yes . . . it is good to count our blessings!! There are many in the world who go without . . . I am I am grateful for the aid organizations who drill wells to provide safe and clean water for these people. Our church has given generously to some of them.
T

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your visit Tom. All good wishes

Chris
a dark earnest write

one that strikes like the chyme of a thousand catholic bells


-L.S

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks LitStar for your visit. Pleased to meet you on my page. All good wishes.

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How true this is. We don't realize how lucky we are. Have to say a couple years ago when water and electricity were out for a week after a hurricane, we realized. Things we take for granted are considered luxuries in other countries. Great new photo of you, Chris. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Lydi** for your response to the poem, and noticing the newer avatar. Needed an update, t.. read more

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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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