If it Don't Smell Like Roses

If it Don't Smell Like Roses

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
"

(i don't suppose I'm gonna like it)

"
as a young child
i couldn't stand that stink
of fish steaming on the
back burner for our
cats dinner

neither did i approve of
plasticine for similar
reasons, as sickly sweet
aroma lingered on fingers
to make me feel sick

so when miss zycker
instructed the class to be
creative my hands found
themselves deep in my
school dress pockets
where they refused to leave

i would not be moved
not tempted by birds nests
and eggs or slithery snakes
or the pummelling and rolling
of different colours
i stayed stubborn to the end

contrary me when it comes
to smell how about you?
and him indoors has just
opened a can of sardines
can you hear me scream?

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Ha! Boiled cabbage does it to me, and touching butter or mayonaise, or oh, I'll need to make a list and give a copy to my therapist.
Remember Take Hart? That childhood show must have gave you nightmares when Morph appeared. While we were all laughing and smiling, your Mum would have been trying to peel you off the ceiling with a mop handle 😀
Ahh, poor Chris... But, too funny 😀

Posted 1 Month Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

I think we should start a club. Boiled cabbage is another one that makes me wretch. Thanks for the h.. read more



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I must admit that certain odours put me right off. Not only food, just things. Lovely piece. Thanks for sharing

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks kitty. Some smells I can certainly do without. Thanks for this visit.

Chris
kitty

2 Weeks Ago

Keep sending , posting always a pleasure to read! Thanks
Hello dear Chris. I will eat anything. Sardines and crackers. One of my favorite snacks. Grandchildren run away after I open. Now a dirty cat litter box. I can't take. I hope you are doing well, have some fun and be safe.
Coyote

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Coyote. You made me smile when talking about your grandchildren and sardines:) And of cour.. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Weeks Ago

Hello dear Chris and I hope you are doing well. You are welcome my friend.
My dad loved sardines. I finally overcame my fear from the smell, and tried them. Now sardines or an anchovy pie are a delight.
This is simply a slice of life. One of those comfortable poems that is like a visit on a Sunday afternoon with grandma or grandpa telling stories...
story poems are as much poetry as abstract Black Mountain poetry and there is definitely an audience for it.
If we aren't enraptured by it, or dislike it...no one has chained us to the poem and made us read it.
We are free to just move on.
I enjoyed this write, and it is a nice departure from the heaviness of most, including my own writing which (admittedly) often fails to provoke a smile.
j.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Jacob for calling and leaving a response which gave me a smile. Maybe I need to open som.. read more
I'm amazed at how many reviews you've gotten with such a slapshod poem. Many of us would be insulted had you asked us to read it.

This seems set up. I write in golden ink, yet i get no reviews (don't say it's cause I'm mean cuz this is my first mean review.)

But then there are those like you who write about smelly fish, or tasty cookies, and they get tons of reviews and get rated 90 out of 100.

As if it's my creative taste that's off.

Pretending to lose is still losing, everyone should know.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

So sorry your golden ink doesn't appear to be appreciated by others. Do you review the work of other.. read more
Erudite

3 Weeks Ago

You were the lucky one to be the recipient of my bitterness that evening. Sorry. I was incredibly .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for returning. I really appreciate that. I hope you get some more reviews.
I love your name Christina. Nerves. Fish have Nerves. Nerves.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Oops, sorry for causing any offence and upsetting fish. Clearly this was not your cuppa tea eh?
I think you should listen to more stand up comedy.

Your writing is already top flight I just think,

.... good stand up comedy is spectacular. ; )

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Will check him out. Not heard of him.
G, David D

1 Month Ago

He might be from america but, he's really just an objectively funny human being who happens to speak.. read more
G, David D

4 Weeks Ago

I hope he wasn't too nasty for you; sometimes I forget that he's a little over the top with his cont.. read more
What's the name of that cheese smells and tastes like cat crap,?

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Probably smells like Stilton. Actually tastes better if you can bring yourself to get near to it :) .. read more
My smell was hyper sensitive when I was pregnant. So I can relate. :)


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Oh yes, my taste was sensitive too. I ate cold rice pudding out of the tin. It had to be in the tin .. read more
I love how you come to your conclusions in such a round-about way, exactly like kids often do. The whole way thru, I was wondering where this was going. I used to sniff playdoh (what you call plasticine) . . . was known to put a chunk up a nostril just so I could savor it all day. Always having been a dog aficionada, I must admit to sniffing around quite a bit, so we must be coming from opposite places. I'm sure other kids thought I stunk in school, coming from a farm with 9 kids & two long-toiling parents. I guess when you stink, you don't notice other stinks. Thanks for a contrasting point of view if there ever was one! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Weeks Ago

you and i and margie as kids sitting around staring at the playdoh, daring each other to be the firs.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Ha ha. So funny :))
barleygirl

3 Weeks Ago

I ducked away for 4 days & now delighted to read this fun thread! Glad the playdoh rings your bell, .. read more
worst is to enter a pub tap after it has been close overnight
or any public vehicle where they allow(ed) smoking

I used to like plasticine smell, but not the sticky mess on my hands
Like the smell of newmown grass

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Wild Rose. Of course anything smokey, goes without saying. Thank goodness smoking has been.. 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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