Before The Others Knew

Before The Others Knew

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

In a Torbay hospital bed served by the
pitiful privacy of Oxford blue curtains
propped up pillows providing last comfort

His pallid skin remained warm to touch
peaceful in sleep, no sign of breathing
no response to my weeping

I leaned forward to kiss his forehead,
five times in all, once for myself,
a further four times for absent siblings

My tears spilled on to his cheeks,
as I stood back for one last time
Dad was crying too, with borrowed tears.


© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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that is just about the finest sweetest most lovely and sad memory you could possibly have dear Chris I know it is peppered with all of the wonderful things you shared with him but the tribute of your love upon his cheeks sends me goosebumps. what a beautiful sharing.... rhyme queen sublime

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Aw Bunny that is one beautiful review you have left me and I am so thankful because I wasn't sure ab.. read more



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This brought back memories from 3yrs ago, when my grandmother died and I couldn't bring myself to look at her right after her death (I, being the tough one in the family and used to not showing emotions)...
Your piece is emotional on so many levels and touched this stone heart.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thanks for sharing your story Dr Y. I don't believe for one minute your heart is made of stone. Some.. read more
This is very heartfelt, a very well penned goodbye. Felt the emotion and love behind it for sure. Very well penned darl.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Many thanks cimmy. One that has taken many years to write.

Chris
cimmy wuv xxxooo

2 Weeks Ago

:) your welcome
I found this very moving. The touch of reality in the hospital - the dark blue curtains, created the scene of final parting. 'Borrowed tears' brought me up sharply to think of how a dying person slips out of the world they have once been so much a port of and which can no longer be recovered. A lovely, poignant write.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Jibey. It's been a long time coming this poem. I couldn't have written it at the time. Twenty.. read more
Precious. This must be a dear memory for you. It is so well describe.

My gran was from Torbay. She passed away two years ago. Your words touch me in a personal way.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

2 Weeks Ago

in St. Mary's Church. Torquay.
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Very close to where my Mum and Dad lived:)
Lea Sheryn

2 Weeks Ago

How nice. It is a beautiful area.
wow. this is incredible, and as a dad of 3 young kids I can only hope one of mine would feel like this someday.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Brad for your lovely review. Pleased to meet you and welcome to my page.

Ch.. read more
Hello and welcome back. No, that's not right! Wait a minute.....
Hey, I'm back and somehow I've forgettified how to review. But this is beautifully written Chris. I wonder how many heart wrenching scenes have played out behind those Oxford blues. How many final scenes play their last with only sobs and dull footsteps in hallways to break the silence.
I remember the dread when my dad got moved into a private room, away from others not wanting to know it would be his last night, afraid for their own end. I remember everything going quiet, like the building somehow knew. Or maybe I just didn't hear. I think time stood still too.
A private moment, beautifully shared.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Aw alphabetti spaghetti poems yay, how I love them :) Lorry lite or full sugar Lorry I am pleased to.. read more
Lorry

2 Weeks Ago

It's either that or she was only pretending to be okay when I asked who broke the bathroom scales. I.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Scales and moustaches are off boundary. You blokes will never learn :))
With borrowed tears, Wow! what a line! powerful and sad. I like this, it tugged at my heartstrings..

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Kit for another review. So appreciated.

Chris
Chris this is so beautifully expressed. Your love for him is so obvious. I only pray the tears you shed were for happy rememberances.

Take care - Dave

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Many thank yous Dave for your visit. Hope all is good with you.

Chris
This is beautiful, sad, and very believable. I saw it all before me and wondered what the whole story was. I thought it was probably the narrator's father lying there, but then found it wasn't the case. Father's tears are borrowed--there's much going on that we don't know.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Sam for such a lovely review. It was my Dad and he was and still is very much loved. Twent.. read more
Samuel Dickens

2 Weeks Ago

I'm sorry to have misinterpreted.
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

No, don't say sorry Sam. My poem once on the page is completely open to the reader to interpret as t.. read more
The finest verse, tragically beautiful.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Em for responding to this one. All good wishes to you.

Chris

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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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