And So It Is

And So It Is

A Poem by Chris Shaw

sun shines
regardless of 
grief

each one of us
a leaf waving
on a deciduous tree

not quite 
knowing when our
goodbye will arrive

fleeting
like a rain cloud
passing through

fragile
as a white winged
butterfly

though some
wield a sledge hammer
strike a mighty blow

can change
a river's flow
in waters of history

© 2020 Chris Shaw


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This provides a lovely visual of the balance between the heavy-handed and delicate nuances of our lives are.... each are equally beneficial and devastating/transformative/inspirational/yada/and yada...each exchange builds on the other it's exhausting and can exhume us at our most low depending on where our head is at.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Jeny for your interesting thoughts on this poem. Pleased you stopped by. All good wishes.. read more



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Chris this is a wonderful poem with a touching thought. Well said.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Soren. Pleased you like this write. An older one out for an airing.

Chris
There's something terribly British going on, here:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more

I like yours, too.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you. Proud to be a Brit I might add. I like what you have done too with your response.
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Good morning Chris,
Yes, we do not know when our time come end.
Hopefully, we live our days in happy ways... with doing things we love..but of course that is not always the case.
Things can change in the blink of the eye..
Making our lives challenging..
Lovely poem to ponder early this morning,
Lisa

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Lisasview

2 Months Ago

You are most welcome dear Chris.
Lisa
Going to bed
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Sleep well dear Lisa.
Lisasview

2 Months Ago

Oh gosh, if I could sleep through the night that would be so wonderful..
Up now, 7am Lisa
This provides a lovely visual of the balance between the heavy-handed and delicate nuances of our lives are.... each are equally beneficial and devastating/transformative/inspirational/yada/and yada...each exchange builds on the other it's exhausting and can exhume us at our most low depending on where our head is at.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Jeny for your interesting thoughts on this poem. Pleased you stopped by. All good wishes.. read more
A great description of how precious life is and how we must not waste a single second.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thank yous Dale for your thoughts and your visit. Hope all is good in your part of the world.read more
This was beautifully written. Indeed, we dont know when our end will come, or if it is near right now and any action can indeed change our lives forever. I guess thats why we must live everyday to the fullest, because in a minute, our life can change, for better or worse.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Aura for a beautiful review on an older poem. I appreciate you.

Chris
Aura

2 Months Ago

My pleasure!
I love the way you tied in butterflies into this wonderful piece of yours Chris, life is so fleeting and yet so spectacular.

Lathe

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Lathe. Yes life is fleeting for sure and we have to make the most of it. Pleased for your .. read more
An excellent portrayal of just how uncertain the flow of life truly is and of its fleeting nature. A man once compared his stage of life to playing the game of golf. "I'm on the 18th hole, he said. Another one of those who wished he had quit swinging that sledge a lot sooner and not having so much of his life slide by.

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Watercress. Yes, one day we wake up and smell the coffee. We start to realise that time is.. read more
How fragile life can be, indeed. We all have the power to change the "river's flow." Some butterflies, some a mighty hammer...each life makes an impact. Such a powerful little piece here Chris!

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Susan for reviewing this old poem out for an airing. I appreciate your thoughts. A.. read more
"each one of us
a leaf waving
on a deciduous tree" Yes.
Absolutely beautiful poem dear Chris-and so is your new gorgeous photo! Your graceful, evocative language, flow, similes, and imagery of nature are delicate, compelling and powerful in scope. Fragility and force juxtaposed..just as they are in life. We survive and learn from watershed moments as they confront us. And we pray for the strength to navigate through the waters. Excellent write!

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Dear Annette, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and for your valued visit. The new avatar.. read more

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Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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