Strawberry Shampoo Anyone?

Strawberry Shampoo Anyone?

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(off the cuff writing)

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At times you read a quote
that can break your heart in two.
Did you know that there is
more fruit in a rich man's shampoo,
than on a poor man's plate?
And when accompanied by an image
of a child half starved to death
bones protruding, belly swollen
it can not fail to carve
that message firmly into your brain,
that the inequality many have to face
is nothing short of an avalanche of pain.
So many of us give what we can
to ease the burden of our fellow man,
but how can we be sure that our aid
reaches the right door?
That it goes to those genuinely in need
and not to those who are more intent
on building their bank accounts sky high
while standing by and smiling
with huge smiles at their own content.

It's a dreadful dilemma, it is for certain
we live in a world so corrupt with greed
so uncaring and thoughtless of others
we can't even feed our own.
While some are wealthy beyond their wildest dreams
others prematurely await the final curtain.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Very honest and true
spoken words of the world.

Maybe if there was
more heart and compassion
And understanding and
knowledge they would
care.

The greedy are the
fools always taking
what they want not
giving.


Thank You for sharing
such a wonderful piece

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

augustus

2 Months Ago

I couldn't agree more Benita. Well written!
Benita-Staebell M - KindredPoet

2 Months Ago

You're very welcome chris it's
a wonderful piece I'm speaking my
heart and I enjoyed.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Augustus and Benita for your kindness



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The hook at the very start captures the attention of the reader. Very nicely positioned for this honest write... 'off the cuff' indeed

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much. When your mind goes on a wander you don't know what you will get.

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two sides of the same coin, life. it may be sometimes fate what makes a poor man poor, a wealthy man wealthy, BUT what I do believe even if that's true, that we are given life to make it better, not to make it worse, even to change fate, because we are allowed to change if we can to the better, to try and give harmony to this hectic world. so sad and true, touching and the most important thought You spoke about is how to make sure that the aid reaches the in need ones, this I think about like You do dear Chris. Thank You for a kind humanistic piece, may those who have their ears locked hear.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

T hank you dear Light. Yes people donating want to ensure they are supporting the needy and not the .. read more
Very true words. I lived a life of being starved, beaten and mistreated growing up. It speaks true to me.

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you JungLee. I'm pleased you could relate to this piece, and it meant something to you.
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JungLee

1 Month Ago

You're welcome.
Your compassion shines in this one, Chris. It is true....every person can do something to help someone less fortunate. Whether it is giving of oneself or donating food to a food bank or clothing to the homeless. We all are responsible for the people of the world....because we are the people of the world. Such a heartwarming write, Chris. Lydi**

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Lydi** for your lovely review. We all need to show more compassion these days. Have a g.. read more
I have felt this way about charity for a very long time when you read about the percentages of the money that go to the cause it is apparent that the charity has become the industry I do not give to large charities anymore only local ones my leftover food at my restaurant goes to local shelters and if i cant get someone to pick it up I deliver it myself at the end of the week after my Sunday brunch I designed it that way every week I start from scratch a whole new menu and at weeks end I give whats left away:) so you can guess how much I agree with you on this poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your mind rhyming queen:)

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Bunny, it makes me question the whole business of charity and aid, and yet there are so many ne.. read more
I love how you have presented the ugly truth of the underprivileged world out there in this piece. Commendable.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Fairy for your visit. Truly appreciated.

Chris

Chris
dear Christine... it is true...
there is more fruit in shampoo than on a poor man's table.
We need to encourage the planting of fruit trees and
berry bushes. Yes, there is greed in higher places.
I always feel somewhat selfish that we are blessed...
much more than others. Perhaps it is better to
encourage planting food if possible and teaching
others to earn a living than giving to charities,
unless they can absolutely Prove with sealed documents
where and how the money was spent. Unfortunately,
we are supporting the Boards of these Charities with high salaries
and expensive homes and vehicles and money to educate their
children. There must be a better way. If Government wants to help...
they could set up schools in every state to teach Agriculture and
even Schools for building homes, and the list goes on. There has to be a
better way. We must "plant a seed" of an Idea and watch it grow.
"To those who have received so much... much is expected". truly, Pat

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Pat, you are so right. There needs to be far more accountability within the charity sector. The.. read more
Your piece reminded me of several posts I came across of starving children in Yemen and they, as well as your poem, had a heart wrenching effect. Also reminded me of this scandal which was recently reported by a British newspaper where they revealed that funds for flood victims in Pakistan were actually distributed among family members of a politician.. it is such a shame and certainly a weird world which we live in.

Your words hit hard on so many levels, Christine.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

It's shocking what goes on Dr Y. People lining their pockets while others are dying. We live in a sa.. read more
the spoken word style in which you have written this poem gives the message strength, gives it power. I hope you are reading this at events! Excellent!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Mary. Haven't done any open mic for quite a long time now. I do appreciate your thoughts.. read more

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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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