Inferno

Inferno

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

when i hear Springsteen
when i hear his voice
belting from the radio
telling me, telling me
in his explosive words
you can't start a fire

i think of '83
dancing in the dark
there were sparks flying then
there were bush fires blazing
there were wild fires spreading
our world was alight
flames roared high
in the summer of '83

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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are you referring to the Ash Wednesday bush fires of 1983 .. or to a red hot and roarin love affair.. whatever the case.. I just cant get the Boss's voice outa my head and could do with borrowing that hanky from the back pocket of his Levi's... Oh' n me foots tappin too... I like it

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

I'm a fan of the Boss. When I hear Dancing in the dark, it's one of those songs when I want to kick.. read more


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Oh, that is such a great Springsteen song and I remember the video too with Courtney Cox being pulled on stage to dance with Bruce. The summer of '83, yes, I remember hearing about the fires over there. Those were not the sort we hope for. Nice contrast between the first and second stanza here. By the way, thanks for the Independence Day wishes. Forgot to thank you for them earlier. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Oh Lydi**, I so wanted to be Courtney Cox when he pulled her up on to the stage, it was a wonderful .. read more
Chris, I'm not sure how I missed this one last week. Bruce was most popular here when I was in high school. He was one of the top concerts for years. Many good memories associated with his music and the E-Street Band. He had a resurgence here a few years ago, but he's mostly just on the 80s music channels now. Regrettably, he became very vocal on politics and many listeners tuned him out.

The form and the rhythm of this poem equal the imagery. A timely poem as we celebrate in the USA today with fireworks. (And, I thought by the title this would be about Dante's work. This is so much better.)

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you Robert, I wasn't aware of his preferences in politics. Maybe because of the water divide. .. read more
Funny, your poem reminds me of how much music I don't listen to
I used to drive around in my old hot rods with the tunes cranked but that probably destroyed my music-related brain cells
Australia looks doomed to have endless excessive fire seasons
2020 is apparently another terrible time and who knows what the future brings.
Beautiful country but those fires are a constant worry

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Sadly Australia really suffers with bush fires and 2020 was probably worse than '83. Really is painf.. read more
they don't call him 'the boss for' nothing. my personal favorites are tunnel of love, human touch and radio nowhere. i remember well springsteen and the fires in '83 (the year i graduated high school). now australia has been dealt another inferno but the boss burns it up every time. now you've brought me back chris. hot stuff ... :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Hi Pete, glad you are a fan of the Boss too. '83 was a good year for me so I was pleased to hear thi.. read more
Pete

5 Days Ago

you know i love music - now you've got me stuck in a springsteen kick (been listening to him since i.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Addictive isn't he :). Enjoy
I too am a fan of the "Boss".My daughter Beth surprised me a couple of years ago and together we went to see him in concert at Asbury Park, N.J. It was an incredible experience!

As to the fires in Australia, they filled the news even here in the U.S. I am a huge kola bear fan and my heart broke when I saw what was happening to these animals.
I haven't been posting since I'm trying to finish a novel I've been working on.

Take care of yourself - Dave



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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

How lucky were you to see him with your daughter Beth. Must have been memorable Dave. You remembered.. read more
I love the nostalgia! Springsteen's music was important for my youth as well. I cannot hear his music without being transported to the past. Thank you for this!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

When I hear Dancing in the dark, off come the shoes and I'm so young again. Love it and I am happy t.. read more
Yes, things were, relatively, alright--before Communist China poisoned most of the world and terrorists, indiscriminately, killed innocents; burning down things with real fire.
I love your poem; hate what's happening to our grandchildren's future.




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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

I was happy then. It was a fun time, no concerns at all. Just living life and enjoying it. Look at t.. read more
Jimmy Yetts

1 Week Ago

Good memories are, indeed, a comfort--especially, during hard times.
You've heard of angry yo.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Nothing to forgive. Good to chat.
great poem Chris, that was a seminal album in the eighties, even us rockers were rocking out to it, but he did finish his last album with a cover of Rhinestone Cowboy, so make of that what you will, although the river is also f*****g class, excuse my french, lol,

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Christine Anne Shaw

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I can't imagine him doing Rhinestone Cowboy. I'll forgive him for that. I have always been a big fan.. read more
In the summer of 83 I was six, having completed my first year of kindergarten at parochial school I was overjoyed to cast off my itchy uniform and dance on the braided rug of our living room to Casey Kasems top 40.... Thanks for taking me back. I'll be streaming some Springsteen this morning!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thanks Brian. You do that. The Boss rocks.

Chris
Ah, summer '83. Grandad shirts and harringtons, burgandy the in colour and Paul Weller. New romantics and whatever the hell you filed Adam & the ants under.
Ah youth, I remember it well.
Ps... I was more Paul Weller at that time, bit everyone knew all the Boss' words 😀
Thank you for the trip down memory lane Chris... And thanks a bunch for making me remember spandau ballet and duran duran existed. I had wiped that horror from my scrapbook 😀

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thanks Lorry. Sorry for reviving any horrors. You know I quite fancied Adam in his highwayman gear :.. read more

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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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