Lemon Drizzle

Lemon Drizzle

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Five years ago today
I baked a cake.
"Bully for you", I hear you say.
Well for me it wasn't an
everyday occurrence.

It was an act of love,
a gift for my brother Steve
to lift his spirits in an hour of need,
felled by the dreaded spread
of cancer from liver to brain.

Cancer that cruelly crept cat-like
after the trauma of transplant
that fed us and him
a sliver of hope
in the scope for a longer life.

He aquired a sweet tooth,
out of the blue it arrived,
took the pair of us by surprise. 
Returned us to decades before
when we pooled pocket money.

When black jacks were purchased
a penny for four, not forgetting
sherbert dips and the stain
of liquorice on teeth and lips.
Now he was buying sweets again.

"Take these for the journey home",
he'd say. "Something to chew on the way."
If it hadn't been so bloody tragic
I would have laughed
that here we were years later
doing the same old thing.

Now back to the cake I baked,
sadly I left it too late,
the following day
it drizzled plenty, not a lemon in sight.
Just rain and plenty of it, 
plus an avalanche of tears.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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A tragic loss to the villain called cancer and so heart-wrenchingly told - you shared happy times with a much loved brother and that will never be taken away Chris - - I know from a similar experience that memory has a habit of re-floating those days of sweet decades when sunk are our tears in floods of tears. Brothers are gifts we never forget and thank you for sharing yours with us here..........

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Fay, yes that villain cancer has certainly robbed me of many loved ones and anniversaries .. read more



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A vivid illustration of the odd things we recall when faced with such trauma. For me, I remember music and odors, less than images... perhaps a blessing considering some awful things I’ve seen. Lemon cake is something I’d much prefer. What a gift and blessing your poem, and a tribute to him, Chris.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Robert. Yes the lemon cake was better to write and focus on than some of the other images .. read more
I read this before but wasn’t ready to comment, I guess. Cancer has become so prevalent that I think we’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by it.

Your story reminded me of my mother’s partner. He was part of our lives for many years, but it was always a tenuous relationship. He was a drinker and fell sick one day and was gone three weeks later. Cancer. Still sorting that out.

But, I was there with him in those final weeks preparing his meals and acting as caretaker. He couldn’t eat much, but one day I made him oatmeal with raisins. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the joy that gave him. It’s something I still think about when it strikes for some reason. The simple things that we don’t know how to observe because we have the sense there will always be more...days, meals, experiences...

Your poem is a lovely tribute to a lost brother, Chris. It carries with it all those reminders to be present and to love as much as you can while the opportunity is setting in front of you. Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your lovely review. You reminded me why I baked the cake. It was because a couple of w.. read more
A fine portrait of sibling affection and finely told.
T

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Tom for your visit and your thoughts.

Chris
What a very clever and unique tribute to your brother. I lost my father last year to cancer. I started writing poetry as a tribute to him. Thank you for sharing such a memory.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

I am sorry for your loss David. Thank you for your review. It is most appreciated.

Ch.. read more
Even sweetest memories get wrapped up in sorrow by tragedy. As time goes by they become hard to relive or undo ... still they follow forever and in accomplished hands they come alive in portraiture.i hope you are coping with your loss in a more healing manner, dear Chris. I know , Still some times it is extremely hard to face life. Wishing you all the best Querida.

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Mrudula Rani

2 Months Ago

It has been only 2 and half years since we lost our second brother and there are days I can't cope w.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

I do understand you Mrudula, the loss of a sibling is like losing a limb. It is life changing. To lo.. read more
Mrudula Rani

2 Months Ago

Thank you Querida, for your kindness.
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Mel
Poignant and soft imagery. You write with a lot of love. It's a beautiful thing.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Mel. A second visit from you and that pleases me no end.

Chris
Such a tender, bittersweet piece. I love the juxtaposition of the sweets (candy, cake, etc) with the sadness of your brother's disease. Thank you for sharing such a painful part of your life.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks Rubie. Anniversary times are a painful reminder but writing about him keeps him alive in.. read more
I sense this piece as a tribute to a lost relative who really cares about the writer and who the writer truly cherished but the inevitable departure brought an end to this wonderful relationship.
It's more painful when someone lost someone caring and darling, It could keep breaking the heart each time the relationship comes to remembrance.

Thank for sharing this, Chris.



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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review Kay. It is most appreciated.

Chris
goodness, such a touching tribute. a tragic loss. at least you've got such memories of him. hopefully you take some sort of comfort in that. it's the seemingly little things that we remember because they are not really little ... :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Pete. I have lots of wonderful memories, I am lucky. Anniversaries are still difficult but.. read more
Losing a sibling is like losing a limb. The only person who's been there since day one. Your partner in crime.
This is a lovely, bittersweet poem. Keep baking and keep writing to honor his memory. It's all we can do to soften the sting of loss.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

What a perfectly fine and understanding review you have left for me here. I thank you sincerely for .. read more

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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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