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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Breathtakingly beautiful...we all have 'a book of us' hidden away..... be it...in physical form...in a loft or locked away somewhere out of reach but we know it's still there..in our memories and in our hearts.

This sparked my memories of my own 'The book of us'' for sure.....thank you for sharing Chris ...

YB

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Chris Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you my little flutterby friend. Pleased you enjoyed this old poem out for an airing. All good .. read more
Yellow Butterfly

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Lovely Chris........ you are a great Poetess and look forward to reading more of your work...old and.. read more
Chris Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you, you are generous :)



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Chris Shaw

1 Day Ago

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

Chris
 wordman

7 Hours Ago

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

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Chris Shaw

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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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Chris Shaw

1 Day 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

1 Day 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.

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Chris Shaw

2 Days Ago

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

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Chris Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you Laz, you just made my day. I appreciate your generous and thoughtful review. All the best... read more
Breathtakingly beautiful...we all have 'a book of us' hidden away..... be it...in physical form...in a loft or locked away somewhere out of reach but we know it's still there..in our memories and in our hearts.

This sparked my memories of my own 'The book of us'' for sure.....thank you for sharing Chris ...

YB

Posted 3 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you my little flutterby friend. Pleased you enjoyed this old poem out for an airing. All good .. read more
Yellow Butterfly

3 Days Ago

Lovely Chris........ you are a great Poetess and look forward to reading more of your work...old and.. read more
Chris Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you, you are generous :)
A poignant poem that touches the core
of the Apple after the sweetness is gone.
We need Magic before the stroke of Midnight.
dearly, Pat

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you dear Pat for calling on this oldie. (That's the poem as well as me :) Sending you all good.. read more
Patricia Wedel

3 Days Ago

Whoa… the climate is quite uncomfortable… in many ways. We have States that are literally on Fi.. read more
I love this!
Being a book author, this spoke loudly to me.
Nicely done.

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Chris Shaw

4 Days Ago

Many thanks Melinda for your visit and your review. You are appreciated.

Chris
A sad tale Chris. Real life is not always fairy tale stuff with happy ending. Life can get messy all too often with tears shed. Your book of us is a metaphorical way of portraying thi s.
Best wishes,
Alan


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Chris Shaw

4 Days Ago

Many thanks Alan. You are appreciated. Pleased you stopped by.

Chris

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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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