The Book of Us

The Book of Us

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(one from the archives)

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That book of us, is slim it's true,
its hardback cover turquoise blue,
its title bold, its letters gold
and there upon a page inside
in print that's smudged by tears which fell,
the only words I wish to say
and why with pain I walked away.
"I loved you well but I could tell
that butterfly inside of you
had squandered us, had wandered on
with ease it seems and little fuss.
My dear you were the death of us."

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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isn't it a gift that we can pull up old pains, old hurts and turn them into poetry...even when we are feeling joyous that we are creating something..and also funny that others might read and think.."oh no, you are going through such a heartache, i hope you are alright!"

Hank is on my lap, and she says hi.

really strong piece of writing, Chris....she liked it as well...or i guess she does, she is purring pretty loudly.
j.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Hello Jacob, pleased both you and Hank approve of this little write and yes it is a gift to be able .. read more



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"The Book of What Could Never Be Us."
Because I've experienced so many of them, I do not
like sad endings. But then, who does?
A powerful poem that, once again--and if only a little--breaks my heart.


Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Sorry Jimmy, if even for a few seconds I broke your heart. Every now and again I'll write one that p.. read more
Jacobs review sums it up so well, that me trying to add to it should be a valuable lesson in futility... But when has that ever stopped me 😀
The harshest of pains always come from those close to us, trusted until the devastation of their deceits kicks us in the face, back into a reality we never even knew existed.
But we learn, slowly and with many sleepless moons, that their flaws should never change us, and that it is them and not us that wear the masks so well.
It would be so easy to be bitter and mistrust everyone, but it is also the first sign of our true strength to not let it change who we are. Karma will hopefully take care of them, with the possibility that it will too shine kindly on us.
There is an old and wise quote that is brought to mind, "never let the b******s grind you down."
I think it was that chap Blackadder that coined it 😀

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lorry

4 Months Ago

I have stuck pants on my head, pencils up my nose and said ohmm many, many times 😀
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Rowan Atkinson has rubber features. He can look incredibly ugly Lorry. Whatever you do I don't think.. read more
Lorry

4 Months Ago

We have another saying up here. Not very pc, but... Hes got a face like a well skelpt arse. 😀
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Some love is better cherished as the past than the present. Reminisced sometimes with fondness and without bitterness knowing it was beautiful but was not meant to be. Beautifully written Chris.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

How wise you are DIVYA. Better to remember with fondness than sour grapes. Many thank yous for visit.. read more
A hardback book with gold lettering would seem to be a good, well written book at first glance, but the brevity of the pages tell their own story .... butterflies have short lives.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Stella for visiting this older poem. Yes, the brevity of the pages says it all here. Butte.. read more
Stella Armour

4 Months Ago

Came back to say that your phrase "The book of us " keeps going round in my mind ... lovely phrase.
I love the concept of this, both in title and content, your last line shattering as a glass upon the floor. Really beautiful!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Linda Marie. All good wishes.

Chris
Really liked reading this. The combination of perfect and imperfect rhyme is so very well done and the last five lines I found to be just sublime.

Proper poetry this be ma'am. :)

T

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much. Pleased to meet you Terpsichore. Your thoughts most appreciated and generous.
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"My dear you were the death of us."
That verse carries so much emotion. I loved it!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hello sonnie. Pleased to meet you and thank you so much for visiting this page. You are most welcome.. read more
Chris, I don't recall reading this one in July. So sorry I missed it. The poem says so much more than the 12 lines here. The "slim" book seems a one-time heart-breaker, and that "turquoise blue" hardback cover seems a good place to keep closed a painful story. Still, sometimes we need to reflect on the past, good and bad, for perspective and as a reminder history is a good teacher. A good one from your archives.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hello Robert, thank you so much for your thoughts here. There is much wisdom in what you say. Histor.. read more
POP
I see now it is an older write that I somehow missed
Although it is very nicely done, the occasion is less so
I wonder if my recently divorced son will be able to express his feelings as poetically as you have done
Poor weather might yet bring out another offering????
OH!!! No pressure!!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Yes I'm giving an oldie an airing but I have got two new ones that I will post later today. Yes, can.. read more
The butterfly left but your pen has not. Amazing title and content. A book to be cherished and told but not for sale in the bit. Even if the ending is sour, it is still a fascinating experience.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Sami Khalil

5 Months Ago

Hahaha. I understand. You are welcome.
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

:))...........
Sami Khalil

5 Months Ago

Gracie Mille......

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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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