Nurture

Nurture

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

grebes on the river
take turns to incubate
precious eggs inside a nest

balanced on a platform between
two half submerged branches
built with utmost diligence

a supported floating platform
where one of a pair labours over
impending hatches, warming, turning

while the other dives for fish
for its mate's breakfast or seeks further
fresh material to nest strengthen

they work in perfect partnership
periodically changing roles
i do not question, but smile

whenever i observe nature
close up and personal
i know we have lost the plot






© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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you I doubt have ever lost your plot tho Christine the Rhyming Queen. You are the nurturer of so many and of the words you write too. The waves of your nurture are myriad... I always say and I believe this more than a line can express the true measurement of a life well spent is how many lives we have touched. when we face the divinity that is the only wealth we will held to account! me thinks you will need a Brinx truck

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Bunny, this is such a lovely, warm review. You have put a smile on my face and I thank you. In fact .. read more



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This is so damn brilliant, I feel like I've died & I'm floating down the creek of regret. Your poem is so lovely, totally transporting me to the place where I marvel at the way nature does it's thing. Your details are so precise & brief, but conjuring up a ton of visualization in the reader's mind. But with all this pile of great sensations your poem delivers, I'm left with the letdown of your last line. That's an awesome (satisfying yet sad) stab at how humans squander the planet (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

What a fabulous review Margie. So happy you like this one. Many thank your for your generosity.
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I sometimes "adopt" baby ducks who have lost their mothers, feeding them until they're big enough to fend for themselves. So I like the title of your poem, and the story it tells. There was one line that seemed awkward to me:

seeks further / fresh material to nest strengthen

We would normally say "to strengthen their nest."

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for your thoughts and your suggestion for improving a line. Most appreciated.
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Michael R. Burch

2 Weeks Ago

You're very welcome!
Lovely Chris. So well observed. These grebes just know their place in nature. We, as humans, have eaten from the tree of good and evil and there is no going back. Or, as Burns says of the mouse, 'still, thou are blessed compared with me, the present only toucheth thee.' Oh, where would the world be without us? My only question is - could you miss out the last verse? It might depend on the reader.
The only good thing about being awake with toothache is that I didn't miss this.
Cheers,
Alan

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Aw thanks Alan. Sorry about that toothache. Nothing worse than that niggling pain and it always come.. read more
Very meticulous observations of a plot found in nature. Not lost in many hearts, my friend. So many of us are just not sure what to do. But get teary when we read stories of what is real, like this one. Thank you,
Maria 🦆

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Maria, your visit welcome. Will get round to you soon, been busy in the outside world for.. read more
Ruby Frank

3 Weeks Ago

What in darnation!? You have a life away from the Cafe? "The Outside World"! LOL, Chris. Cracks .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

You know I find myself cursing when I can't do my poetry when I want:) my other half says I've got a.. read more
Chris - what a beautiful scene you present in your words. Surely a sight worth taking the time to see and appreciate.

Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Dave. So pleased you enjoyed this nature poem. Happy Sunday.

Chris
Ha! We have indeed. We need to know how long it takes, what to wear and whether there'll be a chance that we can be the one not driving so we can get hammered to just get through whatever it is we need to do. Meanwhile, every other species just gets on with it, come rain, hail or shine.
We most certainly have lost the plot. If it weren't for kinder Buenos, I would give humanity a D minus 😀

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Lorry

3 Weeks Ago

I'll do the dishes Chris. I don't mind, it let's me enjoy my hobby at the same time, of staring vaca.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Kinder eggs and jelly babies. It don't take much to please you does it? :)
Lorry

2 Weeks Ago

Nope. The things I'll do for a pack of star mix 😀
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Jb
Thank you for the smile-worthy observation.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Jb for your visit.

Chris
a wonderful, good feeling reflection of nature's ways
Very nicely done

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks for your lovely review Dave. Most appreciated.

Chris
I don't suppose they have arguments about who's taking the garbage out this time or who's paying for the extra twigs. :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

You are so right:)) It was great to watch them up close. A real treat. They just got on with it. Tha.. read more
After observing how caring animals are in nurturing their own we pale by comparison. so it seems; we have indeed lost the
plot..Nice Work Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Fran Marie. Appreciate your thoughts and your visit. All good wishes.

Chr.. 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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