All Things Considered

All Things Considered

A Poem by Chris 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 Chris Shaw


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It sounds as though you have developed your own meditation method here. Of course, there is no way to control the weather, but the elements of meditation are there. The frantic surface mind is calmed by the sound of the chimes, the eyes close and a deep breath imposes a stillness of the mind. The imagination creates a peaceful scene, and all concerns of the conscious mind are gone. If you can do this for 20 minutes at a time every day, your stress level will plummet.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

I find it easy to meditate in the outdoors particularly when the weather is at its best. I need a bi.. read more



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Sounds like a beautiful relaxing time; listening to the bamboo wind chimes

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you PB. This poem was written a while back , round about the same time of year. Yes, bamboo wi.. read more
Such a wonderful write, Chris....like a mantra for stress free times. The images you create here are so soothing. Bamboo wind chimes are great. I enjoyed this write. Lydi**

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you dear Lydi**. Bamboo wind chimes are so soothing. Love them. Hope all is well in your world.. read more
OMG!!! I was drawn immediately by the first lines, You took my breath and it never back... marvelous outstanding one dear Chris, another fine piece from your magical spiritual pen.Thank You for featuring it so I am able to read it.

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lightsong

3 Months Ago

so welcome You are dear Chris, your poem is a real gem.
Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Aw, you are a sweetheart. Be sure to have a lovely day :)
lightsong

3 Months Ago

I will, be sure to have a lovely one too :)
I enjoyed this read. It took me some place nice.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Melinda. I appreciate your visit. All good wishes.

Chris
I try and write as best that I can. Frequently. I do it all the time.

You're a much better writer than I am. You just, do it better than me.






Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Dave. I am pleased you appreciate my efforts. I have to work at it. It isn't easy. All the.. read more
What a serene decorative scene you have created here. Soothing tune of wind chimes and closed eye can take us another place, another level... Where only peace prevails! Musicality is heaven and wind chimes are perfect in this regard. Reading your beautiful poem I swayed my wind chimes attached to hallhallway to hear it's soothing tune. . . Thank you for sharing

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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you dear Sima. Wind chimes are soothing and calming, particularly the bamboo kind, full of Eas.. read more
Dreamer sima

6 Months Ago

Wish you a beautiful day ahead... 🌺🌻
Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

You too dear poet :)
It sounds as though you have developed your own meditation method here. Of course, there is no way to control the weather, but the elements of meditation are there. The frantic surface mind is calmed by the sound of the chimes, the eyes close and a deep breath imposes a stillness of the mind. The imagination creates a peaceful scene, and all concerns of the conscious mind are gone. If you can do this for 20 minutes at a time every day, your stress level will plummet.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

I find it easy to meditate in the outdoors particularly when the weather is at its best. I need a bi.. read more
I love the sounds of wind chimes I have a bamboo stork hanging right outside my window next to my writing desk:) what a pleasant melody you painted in these words I can see your holiday hair flying with the breeze!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Bunny so much. I have just this minute paid you a visit too. Pleased you enjoyed the read.. read more
Nice one Chris and good to see / hear you are getting with the Far East influences - they certainly have a lot to teach the West.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you red93. You are certainly right about Eastern influences. Pleased you enjoyed the read. All.. read more
Hello, Christine! :)
Reading this was like a vacation. I felt some stillness. I could hear the hollow bamboo; they don't clang like metal chimes I usually hear. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

I thank you for checking in mattavelli. Pleased I was able to offer you a few moments of vacation. A.. read more

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Chris Shaw

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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