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All Things Considered

All Things Considered

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

i do not know
if bamboo wind chimes
ward off evil spirits
maybe they do
.
or whether they entice
souls of the departed
to revisit their loved ones
all things considered
.
but as i sit in this garden
with a light breeze blowing
on a true blue sky day
in blistering heat
i hear music
.
there is something so
satisfying in the gentleness
of that subtle hollow sound
of canes clacking softly
while suspended from a
beam on our deck
.
close your weary lids 
take a long deep breath
be still and hear nature's notes
her unique playful
composing
.
imagine being in Bali
barefoot and fancy free
beside the mountains
far, far away where all
concerns are going, going,
gone
.
wind stirs in strands
of uncombed holiday hair
not a care in the world
drift in thought flight
all is well, all is peace
.


 





 

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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When movement is restrained, the mind can still fly away, to a distant, far off land, to an exotic destination of choice. Indeed, it comes to one almost as an epiphany, a true holiday is in the mind. One could be on a secluded island in the middle of an ocean and yet not at peace. Loved this flight to Bali. Full of nature’s notes and the realisation of life’s great blessings.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thought flight can take you to so many places that you might otherwise not visit. You do need to be .. read more
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Peace ! ... It's really a short feeling if we talk about really true feeling for peace .... but if we feel our nature our mother earth ... who is indeed the one who keeps us connected ... for instance you and me ma'am .... We really can feel the peace ... the affection and that love with which we are blessed ....
And imagination as you mentioned in your second last stanza ... according to me it's the most powerful weapon of our mind ... In India we used to consider or say a weapon called 'Brahmastra' mentioned in Indian epics as most powerful ... it's somewhat like that ....
I really enjoyed it !! And it's a festival today here 'guru purnima' for expressing our gratitude towards our teachers ....

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

I hope you had a wonderful festival day. I thank you for your visit. I learned from you too today. W.. read more
If only dear Anne, it would be amazing to be that free but other things take part in our life that we are so busy to even have a little vacation to clear our mind.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

Just a few moments, you don't need much. But those few minutes can take you to places and give you s.. read more
This is wonderful and inspirational. It is poetic pieces yarn together to tell a pleasant story.

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you for your visit and thoughtful review. All good wishes.

Chris
Reading this made me feel like I was actually there. Good job!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Hello. Pleased to meet you on my page. Thank you so much for your positive review. Much appreciated... read more
Soaking in nature is very very breathtaking, sometimes I like going to where there is a waterfall and just sit there with my thoughts and i breath in the fresh wet air

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Cassie. Time spent with nature is never wasted. Waterfalls are mesmerising too. So beautif.. read more
Hypnotic and just plain, lovely.
Never had a "happy place." Could be, I do now.
Poetry with impact, albeit very soft impact.
Gold star work, Chris!


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Jimmy, you have made my day. Thank you so much.

Chris
i think they may just ward off evil spirits...I'll buy in...after reading this poem...I want to sit on that porch and listen.
You present it as magic, in magical words.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

So pleased I could convey some of what I experienced. So relaxing and soothing those moments. You ca.. read more
I don't know either Chris, but maybe it's like the placebo effect. If you believe they work and keep evil at bay, then it is still beneficial to you as you wont now be worried about evil lurking up behind you now. 😀
And they do sound nice and are way less annoying than glass or metal ones clanking aroung, giving you tinnitus.
And from that sound, you travelled the world and all without airport check ins, baggage claim and finding a taxi that wont take you the long way. A perfect staycation in an afternoon 😀

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Experiencing quite a few stacycations these days Lorry. Not complaining we have spent much time mak.. read more
There is indeed something very peaceful and peace inducing in the sound of wind chimes. The backyard of my meditation center has such chimes, and when we do walking meditation, we are soothed by the gentle sounds.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

They are soothing John, pleased you agree. Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts here. Most ap.. read more
John the Baptist

1 Week Ago

Not quite on my doorstep, Chris. It's about ten miles away, in Norfolk. It's based on the teachings .. read more
This is so much like a meditation to me. The serene peace that transcends is at our feet. Being willing to try it out may, and usually does, bring benefits.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Tha k you Tim. Good to have a visit from you. Hope all is well. Take care.

Chris

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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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