The Book of Us

The Book of Us

A Poem by Chris 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 Chris Shaw


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Gosh my dear! how with your masterful pen You brought unrequited love alive again. there is love, but there is not equal love, no equal give and take... how much courage it takes one to be firmed and decide to walk away, not only for oneself but also to the other part, to leave them so they can learn and grow. I find real wisdom here dear Chris.

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Chris Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thanks for your thoughtful review lightsong. Pleased to have you stop by.

Chris



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Gosh my dear! how with your masterful pen You brought unrequited love alive again. there is love, but there is not equal love, no equal give and take... how much courage it takes one to be firmed and decide to walk away, not only for oneself but also to the other part, to leave them so they can learn and grow. I find real wisdom here dear Chris.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thanks for your thoughtful review lightsong. Pleased to have you stop by.

Chris
painful reading this you have brought out the emotions so well

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Chris Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you dear Cassie. Pleased to have you stop by. Hope all is well with you.

Chris
this is amazing, we all can relate or personal thingss to this..............the best I have read today!


Posted 11 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Yashi for your encouraging review and your visit.to my page.

Chris
A wonderful poem shared dear Chris.
"That book of us, is slim it's true,"
I did like the above lines. It is odd with old age. How we look at things? Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Many thanks Coyote for stopping by. You are appreciated.

Chris
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris.
the ones we hoped for but never made it

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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thanks for stopping by Ron. Your thoughts welcome and appreciated.

Chris
 wordman

11 Months Ago

you`re welcome
Looks as though the chapter is complete; God bless; -JT

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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by. Yes I think you can safely say that. Good to have you visit.

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I'm left wondering what the "butterfly" represents that it "squandered" or had the relationship within its power to squander. Perhaps a representation of a free or flighty spirit? I've always admired free spirits, being one myself, but certainly, not to the detriment of my relationships. An interesting and and somewhat quixotic piece with an unhappy ending.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Fabian for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Butterflies flit from one place to anoth.. read more
I expected to go into this loving it as much as your other poems, but I didn’t go into it expecting to come out of it with a new favorite poem, ever. This is just so intensely beautiful and breathtaking, so powerful and the specifics in the book makes it only that much better. The name caught my eye already, but the writing inside is just a new classic. I’m absolutely amazed with this piece.

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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Dear Colacat. You amaze me. You are always so utterly generous with your reviews and I appreciate yo.. read more
Amazing poem Chris; written with such emotion; every word felt a tear in my eye....even though there may have been misunderstanding... the book is memories, perhaps sad, with tear-stained pages, but still memories to keep near you heart, though at one time is was pained. Poignant
Best, B.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Dear Betty thank you for your lovely review and continued encouragement. You are the best.
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Betty Hermelee

11 Months Ago

Not the best by far, but I love reading your poetry! I hear that the new Delta variant is spreading .. read more
Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Yes it is sweeping through. We are double vaccinated, so are trying to keep safe. You take great car.. read more
Every relationship is a story with the participants being the main characters. As they say, every story needs a conflict, otherwise there's no story. They also have beginnings and ends. Sometimes we wish they could go on indefinitely, but they don't. Some stories stay with us forever, they were so impactful.

I'm just riffing off your thoughts, and your metaphor.

I really enjoy your poems for their depth, beauty and for the skill with which you compose them.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Laz, you just made my day. I appreciate your generous and thoughtful review. All the best... read more

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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