Just Messin'

Just Messin'

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(river musings)

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In a valley of tall green trees
and deep water, three adolescents
attract attention on the river bank
opposite.

In fluorescent pink life jackets,
they play on branches overhanging
where empty canoes await first signs
of boredom.

Although I can't see their faces
I hear the sounds of shouts and screams,
living their dreams they are, seeking
adventure.

From Caryl Anna, I cast out my magnet,
heavy and secured by a lengthy string
into the depths of underwater
forests.

Egyptian geese are left pondering
"Is she fishing?", "No says I",
"The fish are safe, I am hunting for
iron finds."

It's not long before I achieve,
pulled out amid slime green weeds,
rusty nails, screws and a twisted fork
for added measure.


This is my treasure on display,
never let the child in you hide away,
they are ever present and awaiting
that invite to play.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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this is cool fun...i need to go swimming..dying in this heat and humidity...oh and i wonder what the geese were thinking when they saw you pull out the nails, screws and twisted fork...like "wow, those are strange looking fish, did you ever see those kinds before?"
and the other geese just shake their heads..
j.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

It was fun Jacob. I spent quite a while with my magnet wondering what I'd bring up from the deep, at.. read more



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A truly charming poetic narrative.
Magnets and the kid in us are always attracted by "iron" treasures.
The Egyptian Geese never had to worry.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Jimmy. The river always brings the kid out in me.Give me a magnet and I'm happy for hours :)<.. read more
I have friends who do metal detecting on beaches for fun. They never find much coin, but they marvel at what they do find. Your poem helps me understand the fascination of treasure hunts (some of us see these as junk hunts). Your poem also reminds me of how I smile to hear kids playing down in the creek below my place. Not many kids very often, but the way their voices echo in the ravine, it's the same fun feelings you describe in your poem! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thanks Margie. When I am on the river I turn into a kid. That inner child can't help herself. Thanks.. read more
How many times have I got so wrapped up in my own worries that I have forgotten the simple pleasure of playing in a creek. I miss those days.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you. Keep it simple and let your inner child come out to play. Pleased to have you visit.
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A picture of contentment, observed with an artist's eye. I have never thought of magnet fishing but i'm in favor of dragging man's detritus out of rivers and oceans.

You have a pleasing way of letting your words flow in an easy, simple but effective style.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Well you have me smiling all over again, thank you and my inner child who was playing with the magne.. read more
Loved your use of colour to add life to this easy flowing read.
A lovely message to keep that curious child alive.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your visit Wondering Mind. Truly appreciated and valued. All good wishes.
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What a scene you’ve invited us into, Chris. It’s tranquil but also full of discovery and childlike curiosity. I do love a return to the fullness of the child-mind in a poem. Your encouragement to keep exploring at the end is my favorite part, I think.

I think you and I discussed our feelings of being drawn to water before. What a perfect way to satisfy the draw and make some cool discoveries in the process! I love the part about the geese. Not my favorite birds as they can be so ornery, but they can definitely be as curious as we are, in their own way.

Really enjoyed this. A fun poem to read.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Eilis. Pleased you picked up on the fun. That was the theme of my poem. Allowing that inne.. read more
Treasure hunting in the depths of waters! Sounds very pleasantly fascinating, Chris. I love the style and format of the poem. You have a wonderful way of sharing your insights. It is always a joy to read your writings. Tudo de bom para você ( all the best)

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Dear Mrudula, thank you so much for your good wishes and for visiting my inner child at play. She ap.. read more
what a joyful write a day of fun and feeling good..i agree always keep the childlike qualities within..a delightful way to look at life on a daily basis

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much Fran Marie. I figure we have to behave as adults often enough, nice to let that in.. read more
  Fran Marie

6 Months Ago

that's true..you're so welcome
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Rye
This is just so wonderful and fun, I enjoyed this write

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

So pleased you enjoyed the read Rye and thank you for your encouragement.
the beauty of nature and the simplicity of life are being the centers of this poem makes me want to just sit back and relax and appreciate the simple but beautiful things in life

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Dear sette, how lovely to have you visit. Yes simplicity and nature pave the way for contentment. Ho.. 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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