Aftermath

Aftermath

A Poem by Chris
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(With apologies to Byron as one of his poems gave me the idea)

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So how will you greet me
when we next meet?
With your arms open wide,
with a kiss on the cheek?

How will you greet me,
I've known you for years?
Will you measure the distance
as you ponder your fears?

How will you greet me,
will you stand back and stare?
Pretend you don't see me,
when you know that I'm there?

How will you greet me
should we meet in the town?
When your sorrow is heavy 
and your spirits are down.

How will I calm you 
when we're standing apart?
When my presence is danger
yet there's love in my heart.

How will you greet me?
How will you greet me?

© 2020 Chris


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Drifting apart and wondering what the person will do when you meet them next, happens quite a lot, I can relate, I’ve been an addict for several years, drifted apart from all of my friends, keep wondering if I should reach out, wondering how they’ll greet me, perhaps they’ve forgotten and moved on, perhaps they’ll welcome me with open arms, anyway, I’m rambling now, this is very nicely written madame :)

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Chris

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Many thank yous for your visit to my page. Your thoughts were most welcome. Thank you for sharing. A.. read more



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OMGosh, it is as if I'm looking into crystal waters. There's a bell clanging very loudly somewhere in my mind, and this poem brings to mind similar questions and fears inside, in a similar situation of past years. I wonder also of that day and the fallout! Thank you for voicing what I can't. A very vivid write :)

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Richard M

1 Year Ago

All good Chris, thank you. A few health issues; appointments, tests, but all is okay and temporary t.. read more
Chris

1 Year Ago

Glad that it is temporary. Take care Richard. Wishing you all good things.

Chris
I read it with a tune. I first thought it's just in my mind, then I re-read it and I realized that there is definitely a tune. A poem so beautiful. You always think about the many scenarios of what would be said or done when meeting, but nothing expected happens. Spontaneity happens.

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Chris

1 Year Ago

Pleased you picked up on the musicality of this piece. Thank you so much for your lovely review Lale.. read more
that's kind of a big question. i imagine there will be such an awkwardness at first.
and it hurts sometimes. because there are people I am dying to hug.

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Chris

1 Year Ago

It will be strange. I am a hugger at heart. I am not going to find the social distancing when it com.. read more
I cannot stop reading this without a beautiful melody playing in the background in my mind. I am sure Lord Byron too would be creating a tune for these lyrics.

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Chris

1 Year Ago

Thank you Ayesha. Pleased you enjoyed the lyrical aspect of this poem. I do like classical poetry as.. read more
Ayesha

1 Year Ago

good wishes to you too
with a big smile and kind words ... that's how i will greet you knowing that you understand my hugs still surround you in my thoughts (((hugs))).

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Chris

1 Year Ago

What a lovely answer Stella. Yes, the hugs will be in our thoughts even if we can't do them physical.. read more
A situation that we are going to face after meeting people. Never knew that such times will come when we actually have to greet someone in person while measuring distance. Even if we measure it, we don't know how we will interact. The aftermath is certainly going to be very unusual for us. I love how you crafted the piece in a rhyming way. Great!

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Chris

1 Year Ago

Dear moog-drinks, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Yes we live in strange times. I guess we will.. read more
moog-drika

1 Year Ago

I don't know why I'm losing hope day by day seeing the number of cases and death everyday. I can jus.. read more
Chris

1 Year Ago

The deaths are just awful. Each one leaving a family in grief. Someone much loved. Don't give up hop.. read more
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Chris

1 Year Ago

A question mark because I think many of us are uncertain how things will play out in the future. Wha.. read more
Such a sincere and honest poem, Chris/. For me, what you say is not from your point of view or emotion, but an empathic step into someone else's emotions and experiences. Think we all know every day is a brick in a wall, we know we're experiencing changes, losses and gains.. and have each to deal with that fact. But coming across others not knowing how to be, what to ask, whether or not a question will hurt or harm is even more of an unknown. You are one of the kindest yet analytical writers in the cafe.. you'll find a way because it's what you do. You instinctively know what and how the reply.. such fine words:

'How will I calm you - when we're standing apart? - When my presence is danger - yet there's love in my heart.' -

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Chris

1 Year Ago

Thank you Em for your lovely response. We will have to wait and see how the future unfolds. Maybe .. read more
emmajoy

1 Year Ago

We have hope, trust, hidden strengths and the most wonderful of families and friends.. on earth and .. read more
with a smile, sorry just had to say that, This is so good, so poetic as well. I really enjoyed this. Awesome writing...

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Chris

1 Year Ago

How lovely to see you on my page. You are most welcome. Smiles are always good in my books. I apprec.. read more
I love how you capture the essence of how differently people can react to you when they see you based on the "aftermath" of interactions. Your rhymes are clever, and you describe all of the various ways interactions can take place when you have history with someone. I especially think you do this well in the third stanza. Take care and stay healthy!

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Chris

1 Year Ago

Dear Katie of tge smiling face. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. Your visit here most a.. read more

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