After The Eclipse

After The Eclipse

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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one from the archives

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As shadows fall on attic walls
when sleep has lost all sense of time,
a view of moody ink blue sky
through angled plate glass where I lie,
alert though restless in my room.

At speed, cloud islands hurtle by,
a trail that splits the night in half.
Between their smoke-like dark grey veils,
see spangled sight of seven stars,
a plough suspended from afar.

Polaris winks as if to say
we are at rest, you've had the best.
Sun, moon and earth aligned and gave,
a diamond ring, a fine display.
A clever moon eclipsed the sun,
deserted him to then move on.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Chris, your style of lyrically beautiful and graceful verse always puts me in mind of the work of Emily Dickinson. This eloquent, celestial observation in first person proves my point. Brilliant rhyme, cadence, personification, alliteration, metaphor...Your second verse leaves me in awe.... ahhhh one hundred perfect ”spangled sight of seven stars” for this master class poem! Kudos my gifted friend.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Annette I am so happy you liked this one. You are so very generous with your praise. I thank you.read more



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I much prefer your bedtime images to mine, Chris... and certainly more than the sheep we read about. I might raise the blinds tonight and look for a few stars.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Always good to look at the night sky. Thank you for checking this one out.

Chris
a great poetic tale of interstellar dancers, you always seem to write with gusto and passion, another fine example, I do like a bit of moon gazing, meself,

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Many thanks gram, a visit from another moon gazer much appreciated.

Chris
This is just so beautifully written. Majestic. I think that pretty much sums it up.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Jordan for such a generous review. Much appreciated.

Chris
Marvelous poem. Beautiful, eloquent and observant at the same time... Your description of the eclipse especially in the last verse is phenomenal.. one of the best poems I have read today..:)

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Nazia your generous review delights me. Thank you so much for your visit. All good wishes.
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Chris - this is so beautiful. I too love to sit on my deck in the backyard and revel in the beauty of the night.
When I was a teenager and lived down the shore, to sit on the beach and take in the sounds of the waves and the blinking of the stars was a wonder to behold and enjoy. The icing on the cake of course was when there was a full moon sending its' beams across the waves.
Take care - Dave

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Dave for your lovely review. A fellow star gazer and how could anyone not like the moon? I.. read more
Dave

1 Month Ago

You too, Chris.

Take care - Dave
I slept under a skylight as a kid and drifted off to twinkles every night. Even then, they mesmerised me into happynightnightdreamysleeps. My comfort blanket of sky and stars. Those wispy moonlit clouds used to freak me out though, swallowing all the light.
Better than sitting like a zombie watching a screen any day.
Beautifully penned Chris. A unique view of the beauty of night.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Lorry. Twinklies is a gorgeous name for the gems of night. Pleased to meet a fellow star g.. read more
Lorry

1 Month Ago

I also tell the moon my problems, but rarely if ever howl 😀
The most important thing is that I'm transported into your space and frame of mind, and I absolutely am. You paint a pretty picture.

By the end, though, I was a little confused. The second stanza makes it clear that this is night time, while the third disagrees and says we're in the totality of an eclipse. I feel like that's either a mistake or I'm just missing something.

I'm also not sure if there's a metaphor behind the moon "deserting" the sun, but choosing that word asks me to look for one, and I can't find anything.

Really well done, so I don't want to nitpick it, but I'm really not sure if those things were intentional or not.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for your visit and your thoughts, truly appreciated. I was restless at night, look.. read more
People have been transfixed by the heavens for as long as humans have trod the earth. Here the poet reflects on the aftermath of a lunar eclipse. The images of the clouds and star formations paint a lovely picture of the night sky. The last verse tells us what has preceded the scene, the unusual sight of the moon's shadow hiding the sun. Really, how can we complain when nature provides us with such sights for free?

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you John. Nature and what she gifts us is a true blessing. Sadly not everyone appreciates that.. read more
I remember seeing the stars out at night from my room window in much the same way. These days I'm lucky to see one. I still see the full moon though as it shines bright through the clouds. I always want to stare a long time before it steps away behind one of those islands. You've set the mood well in this Chris, and brought back some memories outside my window. We no longer see diamond rings...more like grey paint. :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Tim. A diamond ring is rare is comes only with a total eclipse but it is a wonderful sight.. read more
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DAH
Like a painting, a very vivid canvas filled with
such fine mystical imagery.

"Sun, moon and earth aligned and gave,
a diamond ring, a fine display"

Love this!

Bravo, Christine!

DAH

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Many thanks DAH for your very generous response. Your visit much appreciated and welcomed.
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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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