Billy The Brute

Billy The Brute

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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The storm's messing with my muse causing trouble :)

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When he read a bedtime story
it was Dad who forewarned me,
showing with assorted pictures
in bright paintbox colours,
how three pink little piggies
had to run for cover at top speed
because the big bad sharp toothed wolf,
hungry for succulent tender flesh
had huffed and puffed until he blew
the guts out of their cosy home.

This morning I discovered Billy,
yes Billy wind without the help of a wolf
who howled his heart out yesterday,
had left our roof firmly on its shoulders
but blown all the white petalled skirts
clean off my pretty cyclamen plants
hiding in a sheltered garden spot,
leaving them naked and shivering
in quiet shame.








© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Well, at least it blew the leaves of the line, not that it made any difference, I was still an hour plus late for work this morning. I wonder how we'd cope in the kind of storms other less fortunate countries suffer through. Not ever so well I imagine.

And don't fret about the cyclamen, we all know the amazing recovery powers of nature. :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Our trains sadly don"t have a good record when it comes to timing. True, at least the leaves were bl.. read more



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I hate wind (we get often along the coast) & I love cyclamen (pink ones nowadays fluttering fully!) so this poem is right in my bailiwick of compassion! I hate it when my rosebushes are perfectly adorned & everything gets blown off (cyclamen protected on patio). I love your tie-in to the bad wolf blowing the house down . . . you've personified the predatory personality of wind raping & pillaging your naked cyclamen! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Margie, so you like cyclamen too? I bought some cyclamen plants from our local garden centre in.. read more
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, here, if it’s not the wind or rain, then it’s the rabbits chewing down the greens or the squirrels digging up the bulbs :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Ha, I like your sense of humour. Quite a problem eh, if you happen to be a gardner? I appreciate all.. read more
Shame on Billy - if I catch up with him I’ll clobber him over the head with a brick! How dare he leave your poor plants naked and shivering!!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

A little bit of whimsy here Carolynn. Thank you for your comments. All good wishes.

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A bit of whimsy in a tough moment, Chris. I like the personification of the brutish storm. We have a lot of windstorms here, but I never get used to it. And you never know what the casualty will be.

To lose the beautiful petals of the cyclamen patch at such a time of year when their sign of life is desperately needed is a true disappointment. Hopefully you'll soon have a lot more beautiful blooms to admire. And a lot less stormy weather to impact your days.

I really enjoyed the connection to childhood stories in this, and the way you wove everything together. A great poem.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Eilis, your reviews are always so encouraging. I thank you for that. It means a great deal.
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the winds of life can be cruel. i like how you breathe a new life into a timeless classic albeit destructively.
quite a difference between the inocuous pages of a storybook and your flowerbed. after all, nature is smart and resilient, as was the piggy that used brick instead of straw. great write ...

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks Pete for your encouragement on this piece of whimsy where I found myself drifting back i.. read more
Your poetry tells me you have great observational powers and the skill to convert it all into very readworthy poetry. Your wit and clarity of thought is great too. I enjoyed reading this very much.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

That's a lovely review and I appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Chris
Pestonjee_

1 Month Ago

Welcome & keep writing.
I failed to mention above ... Thanks for commenting on my work.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

It was a pleasure :)
Nature reminds us daily of its beauty and occasionally of its ugliness and cruelty. I suppose we can find some comfort knowing neither nature nor Billy has a conscience. Who or what could do such cruel things? Another extraordinary write, Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Robert. I always appreciate your visits and your thoughts. Nature can be incredibly cruel... read more
R.E. Ray

1 Month Ago

You’re welcome, Chris.
Oh, and cyclamen leaves are so delicate... the nerve!!! 😢😢

Loved this write for its flow and good humour in adversity, Christine. Praying for all of England right now.

V

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Verse for your visit. Your thoughts appreciated.

Chris
So the storm was named Billy? Such a sweet name for a brute! The personification here is wonderful....the thought of plants being naked and cold...wow! Glad your roof made it through the storm. The three little pigs...haven't thought of that since my granddaughters were little. Very well written, Chris. I hope Billy and friends of his never come your way again.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

I think we have storm Dennis toook forward to this weekend Lydi**. Yes, the weather isn't being kind.. 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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