In the Genes

In the Genes

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

thick rust gathers
on a padlock where English oak
holds memories of you

confined to corridors of my mind
in a Pandora's box firmly closed

barbed wire heart
those paper cut sharps
with a sticks and stones story

no glory there
mid the dust of us

yet your velvet brown eyes
and long lashes
still melt my butter

butterfly flutter in familiar features
three young faces look at me
inherited genes
and I smile

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Well done, Chris. You've stepped into a different format and produced a beautiful heartfelt poem that blends well with the rest of your work.
Funny how genes produce someone so familiar and yet not...bits & pieces of the past combined into a future that will always contain that reminder of a love that was...even if no longer a part of life.

A good write.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much Ted. Yes experimenting a bit to see what I can come up with. I am thankful for suc.. read more



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I have always been haunted a little by the ways we are like people no longer with us. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter on the same day my husband’s grandmother passed. It’s been interesting watching my girl grow because she has so many of the traits I admired in his grandmother.

She came to America from Germany at seventeen alone in the years between WWI and WWII. She used to tell me stories about life during WWI and how he family of 12 coped.

Your poem just reminded me of that. I never imagined my children would carry so little of me or so much of relatives they never knew. Inheritance is such an odd thing, but it keeps the past alive when it might be easier to forget.

This is a lovely bittersweet musing on the ways we are reminded of others. Sometimes joy and sometimes pain results, but whatever it is, the line of our origins lives on. Beautiful work, Chris.

Posted 4 Months Ago


DNA/RNA, they are the real "spirit molecule's"... how we remember things without actually remembering them, through even events such as individual death and on time scales both large and small.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Many thanks David for your visit. Appreciated.

Chris
Medium Dave

6 Months Ago

You might find this short 30-ish second video clip highly insightful when thinking about the fundame.. read more
the dust of us,i like that phrase

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Ron. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
 wordman

6 Months Ago

you`re welcome
I never had kidlings so i cant say I can fully feel your pain but i have (and i think you know) stepkids I lost one of them to mental illness of an extreme nature when i look at him i see this vessel where once stood a person, he isn't very functional anymore and it is a reminder of all that i had hoped and dreamed for him but in contrast I also see two grand kids that rekindle those feelings I had once had for him. these lines are so echoed in your heartfelt expression as i read them Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Bunny, I am happy that you can relate in this way with my words. I am sorry about your step son. Tha.. read more
This is exactly where I love to have subtlety fall . . . in a place where it's easy to recognize what a writer is getting at, but also the reader has to stretch a little to fill in the blanks. I love how you spill a detail like "padlock . . . English oak" and immediately we're thinking: hope chest. But the ultimate part of your poem is the ending. People can never escape looking into young faces & seeing the "other half" which may have caused some pain or grief. Your subtlety is exquisite! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Margie. You make this little bit of scribble sound so special and that delights me no end.. read more
A deliciously bitter sweet story of the past leading into the future. I can really identify with these thoughts of past times and missing loved ones but also the delight of following our children making their way and our first grandchild discovering the world. As we grow old...
Really enjoyed this poem Chris.
All the best,
Alan

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Many thanks Alan. Good to know you could relate to these words, especially about grandchildren. Plea.. read more
very sensual in a nonperverse way. I enjoyed it, time gives and it takes but it is all a gift no matter what we lose.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your review. I don't think we've met before, so I'll say hi and many thanks f.. read more
drew garner

6 Months Ago

thank you, and I did. I hope you are having a good day.
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Early morning here, but all good so far. I'll take a look at your page later today. Have a good one .. read more
That 3rd stanza in particular is magical, a lovely poem, Chris. The art personified in the children, the artist's story and confliction beautifully conveyed in an effective style.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Jordan. I appreciate both your visit and your thoughts on this read.

Chris
Ah yes, those young faces do keep us going. I smiled when I reached the 'melt my butter' part, funny how that happens, when all of a sudden some features remind strongly of someone...
This one's definitely a different style from what I've read of your pieces so far, but penned nicely, as always.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Many thanks Dr Y for your review and your continued support so very much appreciated.

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I do like it when you break out from the shackles, Chris, free style, baby, a sad and tender affair

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Laughing my head off. Maybe you are a bad influence eh? I think it's good to show versatility. Funny.. read more
gram linski

6 Months Ago

more than once, Chris, more than once, and I genuinely appreciate the shout you gave in the hour gla.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

:)).....................

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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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