Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
"

(there is more than an element of truth in these words)

"
darling can you remember
can you remember when
you couldn't make the effort
all those years ago

when I found myself
in the delivery room prematurely
while you preferred pissing
it up with your friends

can you recall the shock when
at eight o'clock the following day
you found out you were a father
rather embarrassing eh

and I don't suppose for one
moment you noticed the look
of dismay on my face
when you did arrive

to gift me with those famous words
not how are you my dearest love
but a necklace of turds in my opinion
after all the pain I had gone through

puking up alone, frightened,
unsupported you asked me why
yes you asked me why I hadn't
birthed you a son and from that
very second my dear I knew we were
finished, we were undone




© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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A necklace of turds??? &?
You certainly reminded me not to scorn a woman. 😀
Do girls get some secret class boys don't know about, where they learn how to win every argument and are given an encyclopedia of putdowns, or does it just come naturally? 😀
Made me think of my own Mums simmering eyes, where lips were superglued until further notice and the ensuing silence showed him the error of his ways.
I always remember that lesson as silence being golden... But don't ya just know it, I ended up growing up and becoming one of THEM, a man 😀
You knew you were finished suggests he was too drunk to notice the alarm bells and klaxons of silence that was deafening to everyone else.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Dear Lorry. No secret classes, just experience. Women have had to learn the hard way, and that is wh.. read more
Lorry

3 Weeks Ago

Na Chris, but would be perfectly understandable if you were.
Personally, it's a mystery how w.. read more



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This was written with a light touch but--if true--it chronicles unforgivably brutish behavior.
Which, of course, you, apparently, did not forgive.
Hell, as a young married, even I behaved better than that!--and I was no month in the country.
An unsettling read, Chris; a funny, unsettling read.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Easier to look at it from a distance Jimmy. Much easier. Maturity makes a difference too. Thank you .. read more
I can easily relate to this one with my second daughter! Everything about it rings true! Took me back years that did. Thanks

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

kitty

2 Weeks Ago

Not at all sad about this as it was a learning curve in my life Stay inspired! Stay safe
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

We do learn through our mistakes dear kitty :)
kitty

1 Week Ago

Life is truly a learning curve...Still learning and riding the waves!
Ignorance knows no bounds, but he must of been pushing the limits. Hard to believe there is that much selfishness in one's soul.
Good riddance.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Selfish unfortunately. It was all about him. Thank you Ted.

Chris
Was it King Arthur who had the same feelings? I guess his real reason for being there wasn't for love after all but selfishness. Not a good guy.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Selfishness, not a good quality. Thank you Tim for calling on another piece of history.

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that is unbelievable
one of the most wonderful moments in life being treated so disgracefully
It is no wonder things fell apart as they rightly show have done
Years ago now but a hell of a memory

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

A sad piece of history Dave, now done and dusted. Thank you.

Chris
This is a painful poem. But it spoke to me. I am not a woman and cannot feel this pain first hand but you conveyed it well. There is a scorn and cynicism to it. Perhaps the turds were the usual bullshit that many men give women? The running theme of gift is important as well- he gifted you with a bunch of crap- except of course for the baby which he was not interested in anyway. Great poem.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your insights here. I would say you were spot on. Pleased to have you visit this piece.. read more
oooh, i relate to this so well Chris, the midwife calling downstairs to tell my husband our 3rd born was about to arrive and him not coming ... saying he had seen it all before :( ... the beginning of the end and oddly enough she never did relate to him after she was born.
No wonder women are the stronger sex, they have to be lol.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Stella Armour

2 Weeks Ago

well yes, and because i no longer live in a city it was a walk in hairdresser near my son's shopand .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Everyone a winner then :))
Stella Armour

2 Weeks Ago

yes..... she deserved it cutting and shaping all that hair lol.
Good for you for choosing to leave now!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Time was called Allie, it was doomed. Thank you.

Chris
Allie Brumfield

3 Weeks Ago

At least you know that now! You're welcome!
oh my how incredibly horrid! I am surprised you didn't bludgeon him with a large metal medical instrument right then! but then again as most of you ladies know... revenge is always best served cold:/ ouch....

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

I'm not a violent person dear Bunny, but I'll have you know he took many a tongue lashing before tim.. read more
Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

3 Weeks Ago

and it was a chilly one:)
This is quiet rough but also very refreshing at your writing. That second stanza is really chilling . When we need more support and sutendly our loved one just simple don't care . That's really heart breaking. I find at English language if you wanna be rude you don't have to use rude words. It's enough to use some famous phrase at certain situation. That last stanza is also heart breaking when just birth son can bring joy but if is a daughter father is not just so please. This poem was for me quite masterpiece of human emotions and experiences. You was able to blend together sad moments of your life But it's have very nice form to read.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much Poet's act for your considered opinion. Your thoughts here most welcome. Some peop.. 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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