Not For Sale

Not For Sale

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

our parents dwelt amid shabby chicness
old Victorian elegance in Grantham Hall

its upper floor apartment spacious with tall
windows, eyes wide open on Wellswood below

a wrought iron staircase in need of a warm coat
to cover the emergence of rust patches

an annexe where Grandma's sixth sense
always meant she was the first to greet you

three decades gone, a for sale board on display
i took a virtual tour with the hope of recalling more

more memories, yet i barely recognise the inside
so upmarket this new look, so lavish, so not them

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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This is so very relatable Chris.. many years ago, I was asked by an old friend Diane to view an old cottage we used to share and that had been placed on the market... I eagerly accepted and wondered whether my old notes and letters and poems even were in the old secret compartment where I had left them... Everyone that lived there all those years ago believed the place was haunted... anyway, my daughter came with us... and there was a very distinct presence throughout the house which we all felt... when it came to my old bedroom, I was so disappointed because a carpet had been fitted over my old oak floorboards and there was no way I could check if my hidey hole was as I had left it...

Any how.. I know that I ramble... but like I said... I can relate very much to your words here and get this, I reckon this is probably my new favourite Christine Anne Shaw post yet.

Neville

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Good morning Neville. So pleased you enjoyed this one and that it is relatable. I have to tell you o.. read more
Neville

2 Months Ago


amazing innit... I mean those similarities, not the sunshine.. although that aint bad either.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

:)) .................................



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i can relate to this poem chris.
i personally found it disappointing on the few times i went back to any old familiar haunts because of changes made by the next occupants.
even my old high school had dramatic & unexpected building changes & even different greenery & bushes & trees.
so i've now vowed i won't go back in time as i prefer to remember everything as it was so it won't shatter my memory
cheerio carola

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Carola, thank you for sharing your experiences here. Pleased you can relate to this poem. On re.. read more
a home such as the one described has roots ... history ... warm human being lived there .. the elegance and charm of times ago did not cross the line into opulence ..they are grand because of the people in them .. the contrast with "modern updating" is sharp and for me makes a statement about a part of today's world, technology and business that takes us out of the home for a great percentage of our lives ... your poem has me reminiscing Christine .. i like the structure of couplets ... the amount of attention you put on rhyme and rhythm but kept it in your own language ... keeping it real eh!? ;)
E.
ps. great title ... the dollar sign can't be placed on the substance of your old home. :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Mr E, I am happy that my little poem had you reminiscing for past times. Yes, there was much w.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

:) ..............
Beautiful and melancholic. I can feel the attachment to a place that has lost its old charm.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Pennywriter for your thoughts. Happy for your visit. All good wishes.

Chris
Things change, times change and people change. Maybe Tom Wolfe was right and we can never go home again. Oh, we can return to the place of our childhood or the city of our birth but things will not be the same. It almost seems a desecration of our memories to expose ourselves to what has become of our long remembered playgrounds, homes and haunts. But we can hold those memories close to our heart and treasure them like heirlooms passed down to us from experience. I enjoyed reading this. Well done.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Fabian. It was a mistake to be tempted into going online and doing a virtual tour. I was c.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

I try to dwell on the reward side of things as well. And your poem was very rewarding.
The wonders you described here with such beauty and flair cannot be bought with money. Elegance cannot be replaced by affluence and the two are not the same. That decency, courtesy and old world charm when times were slower and people were more caring and thoughtful seemed to have changed beyond recognition, as symbolized by the upmarket look of the much loved house. The third and fourth verses are very touching, the essence of a wonderful home. This poem is to be read more than once. Its a gem.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

I loved the shabby chic and that is what I remember, along with my loved ones who resided in that ap.. read more
Pestonjee

1 Month Ago

Much enjoyed and appreciated this poem, dear Chris! You are welcome.
You've got some class C anne Shaw. You write good things without too many words.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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With a D Dave

1 Month Ago

Have you ever jumped out of a perfectly good airplane before?
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Yes, in my imagination, but always with a parachute. I prefer soft landings.
With a D Dave

1 Month Ago

You should try it. If you do it commercially it's really not so bad; the landing is pretty, 'eh'. .. read more
I'll take an old and dilapidated anything over a shiny new thing anyday if I cant use it as it is I will makeit to something I can:) that goes for houses and and well pretty much everything for me I only buy new shoes cause I have big feets most everything else I own is old or used:/ my store is full of old and discarded things that I make into new things if I can't sell it as is love is in old things and old houses dear Chris but you already new that:)

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Yes Bunny. I like old too. I live in an old house. I enjoy old things. I buy second hand. Each obje.. read more
Oh yes, I can relate to this one. 20 years after moving out of the home I grew up in, I returned to New Jersey. I took a photo of the front of the house and the new owner came out. I explained why I was taking the photo and she asked me if I wanted to see the inside of the home. My old bedroom was now an office and my parents' bedroom had been expanded. The kitchen was modernized. I hardly recognized my home....time changes everything, but memories are forever ours. Great write. Lydi**

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

We really shouldn't be tempted to go back should we Lydi**. We have our memories and it is best we s.. read more
I hope to be back soon to read more of your beautiful words, my dear friend. Just beginning to get back bit by bit from a disrupted life. I hope all is fine with you. You are missed.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hope you get your life back to where you want it dear friend. Good to hear from you. You take great .. read more
I think they lived in the most beautiful of times. A bygone era that can never be replicated again. They don't make such beautiful houses or people anymore. They now live on in our hearts always.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

The architecture has certainly changed. They didn't have alot of money, but there was a certain eleg.. 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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