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

3 Months Ago

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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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

3 Months Ago

I think we have storm Dennis toook forward to this weekend Lydi**. Yes, the weather isn't being kind.. read more
I don't believe you need the word 'succulent'. It gets in the way of the vivid clarity that 'tender' already provided. Besides, the word 'hungry' already implies the idea of what the wolf thinks of that tender flesh.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks for your visit and critique. Welcomed.

Chris
oh those poor plants, stripped...the rape of the storm...storms pillage, Mother Nature exacting revenge for how we mistreat her...
clever write, Chris,
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement Jacob. Always appreciated.

C.. read more
better the flowers
stripped bare than
the roof ..at least
Billy spared that.
even so he s very much
the brute . true to
his stormy nature..and
worse than the huffing wolf

well illustrated

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks Fran Marie. True, the roof was spared and there will be more blooms on the plants in the.. read more
A good read my dear that held my attention without any difficulty whatsoever. ~Sharon

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Sharon. I very much appreciate your visit.

Chris
~ we have a tree behind our house that's looking like it's ready to fall and wreak havoc. Whenever the wind blows hard, I get really nervous. Hope your plants aren't embarrassed too bad. :) ~

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Tim. Whenever those winds misbehave I worry about the chimney stack falling through the roof .. read more
This is the one aspect of not living on the coast that I am not jealous of:/ It seems that the weather is doing double diligence in the disruptive department as the remaining ice caps are melting at such a rapid rate upsetting the balance of the calmer nature of our youths:( So sorry to hear about your roof and garden frenzy dear Chris hope everyone is okay over there:)

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Roof OK Bunny, garden a bit of a mess. Getting ready for round two at the weekend. Storm Dennis set .. read more
a reflectively poetic view of nature's care less reality.
I doubt even the big bad wolf could create the havoc that we have seen on the news.
We had a similar blow-through fiveish yrs. ago and there are still uprooted trees lying all over the back 40
Stay safe

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Dave. Getting ready for round two. Storm Dennis due at the weekend.

Chris

Ha, that's what they said.. bet they loved it really.. a true case of cross fertilisation here … fairy tale/botanical erotic thriller...Nevertheless, enjoyed.. As you may see, I have my naughty hat on this mane...

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Ha.. Botanical eriotic thriller, only you could come up with that Neville :) You do have your naught.. read more
Scary, even as an adult, hearing the huffs and puffs from under the blankets, hoping that it runs out of steam before those protective walls quake and crumble.
Now rewind and wonder how on earth we ever made it through childhood alive.
Fairy tales and the Grimm's have a lot to answer for, but who do we blame for adult us hiding 'neath the sheets? 😀

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Lorry

3 Months Ago

Just be grateful you weren't brought up here Chris. Below is a link to our version of cinderella... .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Before I try the link, is this gonna keep me awake tonight :))
Lorry

3 Months Ago

Well, people think it was a glass slipper, but that was a mistranslation of ver, which isnt glass, b.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw
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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