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Blood Spills

Blood Spills

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Forbury Gardens 20thJune, terror on the doorstep)

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blood spills while Saturday fades
on lawns grown lush with green
refreshed from falls of recent rain
where scented flora fills balmy air
where innocents have convened
to fritter their time away happily

blood spills where daisies grow
in a town park fondly known
where our people find tranquility
share picnics with their dearest ones
yet their fun forever spoiled, silenced
by blades of hate raining down
where blades of soft grass cry out
in unimagined pain


© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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I can't even express how much reading this write wrenches my heart. The unpredictability of negative weather is really really dangerous. Even if we stay alert, it may not work when the stabs rain suddenly. The imagery is painful but like always you penned down the event beautifully.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you moog-drika. There sure is a great deal of negativity around. I appreciate your thoughts.read more



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How appalling it is that in this virus hit world, there are still people willing to hurt, to maim and worse still, kill. Even more news about the perpetrator today. The event must have numbed your area.. What to say, hard to find words.. Thank you, Chris, your words hit home.. the heart and mind. Take care, keep safe.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Yes Em, as if things aren't bad enough with the virus wiping us out, there are others intent on doin.. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Yes, I know what you mean by 'closer to home'. Seems this really is a dark, dark time.. extra horr.. read more

I seem to have lost touch on reality in the last week or so.. and I am ashamed to say, I had to Google these events...
Absolutely shocking and yes, right on your doorstep.. a moment of madness captured & transformed here into something that borders on the beautiful. I trust you know me well enough to understand where I am coming from..

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Neville. You have turned into an owl :) I have just been reading that baby owls sleep on their .. read more
Neville

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Good to get your seal of approval Chris... I am out of synch still am afraid but can underst.. read more
Chris This topic is so pertinent to our society today; blood does spill over our parks, communities, taking the pleasure away from so many who mean well. And it's usually only a few who spoil. We have lost our tranquility, our ability to feel safe and ability to relax. Our environment does cry out in pain, for everyday
we see damage to it. I love the poem!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Betty. Violence in a beautiful park, right on our doorstep. Tragic loss of life.
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Betty Hermelee

1 Month Ago

Yes, tragic is the word; I can't even imagine a peaceful world now, pretty sad; Fondly, Betty
Terribly sad event ... and a painful reminder that a gun is not needed to wreak havoc on the innocent who happen to be within range. Terror is terror not matter how it is perpetuated ... hopefully the man who caused this was taken into custody and will spend a long time in prison.
Very sorry to hear this happened in your town Chris ... we send prayers to all who witnessed this.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Ted. Yes on the doorstep. A painful reminder that we live in violent times. Thank you for .. read more
Sadly, we all know this scene too well Chris. One mans rage indelibly scarring so many lives with their hate, taking out his ire on innocent passers by, just trying to live their life and enjoy the little freedoms in life and work their way through this crazy maze we find ourselves in.
He will live through his actions, others didn't get that choice.
Such a terrible, yet all too common tale. Will we ever learn?
At least there are those like you, who choose to remember there is good amongst the debris and chaos of life.
Never has the term "Stay safe" been required for so many reasons.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

This dreadful act has left our town shocked. Three dead and three injured in a local, beautiful park.. read more
Lorry

1 Month Ago

Difficult to comprehend every time Chris. Random strangers are not the enemy, no matter what their a.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Yes difficult to comprehend anytime Lorry. No doubt there will be much more written about it. In the.. read more
Such an appalling incident. My prayers are with the victims and their families. I’ll never understand what could compel someone to do something like this. Mental illness or not, they’re monsters, that have nothing to do with religion or humanity.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Difficult coming to terms with this when it is on your own doorstep. Our town is in shock. Thank you.. read more
Oh Chris, that's so tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Terrible having this on our doorstep Lale. Thank you for your thoughts. Appreciated.

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The contrasts in this offering are jolting. A lovely town park with its flowers is doused with blood. I assume the reference is to the protests/ riots that are currently taking place in different parts of the world. I hear that in the UK, vandals have defaced Churchill's statue. If you asked any of them about the summer of 1940, I doubt they would know what you're talking about.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

No link to BLM at all. Protests have been very peaceful in our area. This appears to be a lone wolf .. read more
It is true... we are so terribly blue.. to live each day
in fear for everyone we love... and all those who
bravely face each day... many of whom risk their lives to be
nurses and doctors and such. Picnics six feet apart...
Birthday parties and family reunions... softball games
for young people. Still... there is time for some to tear
down history when we have learned to love one another
without violence and hate. We have learned too late.
Hope is all we have. Always, Pat

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

This Pat was a terror attack. Not at all related to the very peaceful BLM demonstrations that have t.. read more
This is really tragic, Chris. It hurts to read.


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Ana. We have had fatalities this weekend as a result of a lone knifeman on a hate rampage .. 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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