New Day

New Day

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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from the archives, reworked after reading gram's cancer poem

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I feared darkness most of all
when I believed I might not survive.
When the elasticated hours of
nightfall stretched with ease 
into death's oblivion.

When morning light
hid behind the silk black skirts
of last night's kiss,
where dreams were left
in limbo.

It's not until your life waivers,
till it wobbles with weakness,
when it becomes compromised
with uncertainty, that clarity
makes her appearance, her eyes
wide open and window cleaned.

When question marks hang
like a noose over your survival,
the simplicity of waking up
to a brand new day breaking,
it starts to dawn on you.
Reveals a whole new meaning
to morning has broken.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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what an image..."question marks hang like a noose over your survival"
and the ending had me singing Cat Stevens...
and "dreams left in limbo" i like the religions reference in talking about the disease...and how when we realize we may be dying...we start believing even if we didn't before...or we believe stronger than we ever did...
this is so Good, Chris. and yes, it is poetry! :)
j.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Many thanks Jacob. Quite some time ago now, but you don't forget the vulnerability. Pleased you foun.. read more



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I'm surprised I never saw this one, Chris. One of your best for sure.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Many thanks Tim. Pleased you enjoyed the read. Glad you found it.

Chris
WOWSER! What a fantastic write. I especially like the closing stanza...(When question marks hang
like a noose over your survival, the simplicity of waking up to a brand new day breaking, it starts to dawn on you. Reveals a whole new meaning to morning has broken.) ~Sharon

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

I really appreciate your enthusiastic review Sharon. Thank you so much.

Chris
I have been there... long ago.. Some "times" in life give us a deep appreciation of Life...............

I hear you...............well done

Jazzy

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you Jazzy. To be heard and understood, is good in my books. So appreciate your visit and under.. read more
J. J.  Nightingale

8 Months Ago

You are welcome.... :).....................
Very interesting poem. It reminds me of freedom and wanting to attain it.

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you JungLee. I like your thoughts here. Happy New year.

Chris
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SKY
And then you see you morning shining with smile for the day you survived. Really, the dark knight rises.

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you SKY, yes each new day, each new sunrise is special. Appreciate your visit.

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SKY

8 Months Ago

Most Welcome Chris!
I love this poem very much. I never think about death, so it felt surreal to read first two verses, gracefully written, but I was puzzling over how I think a person who's dying isn't really thinking about the death process as much as about the span of life & the people in it. That was just a teeny bump for me, among otherwise awesome writing. Your msg is 2-pronged -- our idea of death changes when we are facing it . . . and facing death makes us live differently too. Facing extreme difficulties in life, as well as facing death -- both can bring on profound enlightenment. That's what I love about your poem. Here's hoping you're going into a new year full of delight (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you Margie. Nothing like a close shave to put perspective into a situation. Happily, a long ti.. read more
I love that this talks about how you could try to hold on to a dream and yet still lose it when you wake to the early morning light.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Many thank yous for your visit. Your thoughts most appreciated.

Chris
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It is sad that we more often than not need illness or near death experiences to open our eyes to how wonderful it is to be alive and breathing and how wondrous nature is.
A luvverly piece of writing Chris

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you Gee. Yes, it is sad, but is often the case. When you think your days, are numbered, your p.. read more
Seems like close encounters with death are when we learn to appreciate life the most.
Quite an emotionally compelling poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Dale, what a difference those close encounters make. Puts a completely different perspective on thin.. read more
dear Christine... I wholeheartedly believe in all your
words. I am a Miracle for a dozen years or so...
and all we can do is enjoy each new day... like the song
"Morning Has Broken" like the first morning...
One of my cousins just took her last breath yesterday
in a peaceful way with family by her side. Each and every day is
precious. truly... a lovely poem. Pat

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Pat, I send my condolences on the loss of your cousin. You say you are a Miracle of 12 years, and I .. read more
Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dear Chris... it is very soul-searching to have the priviledge to live longer. The intricacies of t.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Poetry certainly does stir the soul Pat. Can't imagine a life without it dear friend.

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