Something Stronger Maybe?

Something Stronger Maybe?

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(thank you Lale for the inspiration)

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bending branches of philadelphus
heavy with double blooms of virginal white
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heady with perfume of orange blossom
captivate a hot June evening
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a whisper of summer breeze gently
oh so gently stirs those confetti like petals
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as they cascade in delicate softness, 
feather light, carpeting freshly mown grass
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i hold open palms of my hands to capture
sweet scented fragile fall of fragrant flowers
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for many years i have stood beneath this
overgrown shrub to drink in its ambience
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but never before have i harvested petals
with an intention to turn their swan like demise
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into a delicious tea of my own making
served for me, sans milk, in a bone china cup

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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I enjoy the way your formatting mirrors the idea of petals falling. The dots in between each couplet like the delicate fall of those blossoms. I was there with you in the moment. Looking up to see the next petals fall and waiting for my hands to be filled with the lightness of those soft, heady blooms.

What a beautiful scene, Chris. But, also that turn at the end offers a bit more if I wish to explore. The swan like demise becoming something pleasurable. The kind of surreal way the loss of something becomes sustenance when we have the imagination to create beautiful moment from things that fall away of their own weight. The slow build and beauty of your scene are such a lovely escape. I want to find my own mock orange tree and spend an afternoon underneath. I really enjoyed the way the poem impacted my senses. An excellent summer moment shared.

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Eilis. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the time in my garden under the orange blossom.tree. Memo.. read more



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This is something so refreshing to read. Turning fragrant blossoms into a cup of heavenly tea so imaginatively must be a treat for all the senses!. Being a tea lover, I appreciated it very very much! Loved it!

Posted 3 Days Ago


A lovey serene scene
holding sweet the
moments in an
enchanting garden
then sipping the
tea in delicate detail
of fine bone China
what a pleasant
way to spend time

well penned
piece of poetry

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Fran Marie. The tea by the way was delicious, delicate and refreshing.

Chri.. read more
Chris, I admire not only the form and flow of this poem but also the contrast of nature uninhibited (falling petals and overgrown shrub) and our human, intervening hands (catching the petals, making tea, mown lawn, etc.). I suppose it shows how we can live in harmony with nature, and use what nature provides. An exceptional poem in all regards.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

I'm so pleased you enjoyed this write Robert and I thank you so much for your encouragement and your.. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

You’re welcome, Chris.
Lovely write as words flow into a picture of images to the eyes ;-]

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Weeping willow. You are always so supportive in your encouragement. I thank you and send you al.. read more
Sounds delicious, but yes, I probably would want to spice it a bit with "something stronger." I found this one to be a soothing, gentle picture of a private moment on a "hot" June evening. Hot is a matter of what you are accustomed to. I recently read a report about the British public swarming to the beaches in the midst of a "heat wave." What was the temperature? Eighty six. On the sweltering, sticky east coast of the US, that would be considered a period of relief.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

All I can say regarding the heat, is poor you. We had 32 C here which is almost 90 in Fahrenheit. I .. read more

My dear Christine! this is an ethereal poem.. I love the mood.. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Sadly all the blossom is down now. We have had wind and rain all day but luckily I did get to try th.. read more
Lale

1 Week Ago

You can dry the petals and save them for later.. It's Ok, next year. :)
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you :) I'll be out there tomorrow morning :)

sound just like my cuppa tea.. and write up my street... a deliciously brewed and sublimely infused little work of art ma'am and even tho a hard man.... sans milk in a bone china cup, or a bucket makes no difference.. tea in any of its forms must rank amongst my fave tipples.... oh' and hold the sugar would ya luv...

Neville

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Right it's a bucket for you then Neville. That will be galvanised steel rather than bone china:) No .. read more
Neville

1 Week Ago


Nah' that wouldn't be cricket now would it :)
The garden is truly a wonderful place, as is the smell of freshly cut grass.
I read an article this morn on the benefits of coffee.
I wonder if your tea will offer those same benefits?
I hope this is being consumed in the garden, in the sun, betwixed the flowers and trees
Happy sipping 2 all

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Hello Dave. I did indeed sip my tea in the garden in the last of the evening sun, sitting on the dec.. read more
The beauty of all those moments of petalled snow falling, resetting both the scene and the mind that contemplates their beauty, enough to drink it in for all it is worth.
Beauty, fragility and patience, captured in a never ending cycle of change and renewal.
Was it sweet enough without adding sugar? 😀

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lorry

1 Week Ago

Its been a bit torrential today. Walked to the shop, swam back. Spoiling our heatwave too! Yes, I sa.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Wot, you had a heatwave too? How about that? Did you enjoy your swim back from the shops? :))
Lorry

1 Week Ago

Nope. Felt cheated out of summer already 😀

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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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