Not A Shot Fired

Not A Shot Fired

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Brixham history)

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on this basin's floor
with its muddied sands
strands of slime green seaweed
strewn with pitted shells
pock marking an abstract canvas
like a Pollack painting
.
barnacled hulls are concealed
of old row boats or anti-fouled
undersides of sailing craft
with their tall elegant masts
and strong anchor arms
digging deep into the history
of this place
.
over three centuries have passed
since the arrival of William
Prince of Orange who came to
restore the Protestant faith to
our kingdom, removing the fear
of Catholic clashes that had 
incited many a battle
.
not a shot was fired as invaders
arrived with their eyes on the 
capital, a warm welcome was 
extended as a mighty fleet complete
with Dutch flags waved freely
in a wind of positive change
.
and now ...fast forward within
the safe embrace of darkness on
display, an array of bright lights
a medley of colour while from the
quay, spotlights blaze from the
masts of the fishing trawlers
back home with their catch
.
i imagine how it must have been
on that dull November day
now confined to old books and
art galleries, when the Dutch fleet
sailed into Torbay without a shot
being fired
.

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Good to know a bit of history isn't it? I am a history buff who likes to find books that help define the present day or saints and scalawags (to borrow Neville's word).
I found Churchill's biography most enlightening (both volumes) and followed that up with Hitler's (also two volumes) both fascinating men in their own ways and fascinating to see how each was shaped by life experiences.
I am aware that the Dutch were great seamen and their quest to liberate the English from the Catholics
but I will need to delve further into that action.

Thanks Chris ... a good write

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Ted. Brixham museum is a fascinating source of information for history buffs. There are .. read more



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It's amazing how much history has been lost, battles and slaughters and entire wars. Thank you for giving voice to some piece of it. Also, very lovely imagery.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you for your thoughtful review. Pleased to meet you and I thank you for your visit to my page... read more
Just reading your profile I too never wrote a poem till I was 40, funny that. A lovely historical piece and how times have changed. This reminded me of Captain Hornblower series.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Andrew. I very much enjoyed Captain Hornblower too. I guess where poetry is concerned, we.. read more
andrew mitchell

2 Weeks Ago

We are indeed.
An, apparently, unique historical occurrence--that one-sided Dutch treat.
Impactful poetry which sets a higher bar.
Clever, meaningful piece.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your visit. Pleased you enjoyed this historical write.

Chris
Great history-telling dear Chris! Love your new avatar. I admit I lack in-depth knowledge of this time in British history, but your rich and vivid description bring it all to life for me. Thank you for the enlightenment. Great nautical imagery scents the lines with sea spray throughout. You etch skillfully this time that brought such positive change to your country. "...without a shot.. being fired"- always the very best way. Excellent write as always.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

So enjoyed your visit Annette and your encouraging review. Thanks re avatar also. Keep safe and well.. read more
I'm sure there were many hardships that had to be endured back then. Lots of purposeful and unwavering frames of mind was a must.

Good poem, Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Tim for reading this piece of British history. Happy you enjoyed the read.

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Here, in the former colonies, we have Donald of Orange, who has arisen to restore faith in the greatness of America. Unfortunately, many shots are being fired.
Intriguing historical reference, Chris; not something most countries would ever do.
Chalk one up for the Dutch!

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Happy the Dutch did what they did Jimmy. I'd he happier still if they stopped plundering our fishing.. read more
love your poem's painting of the Harbor .. like a Pollack .. you have layered on ages... in pitted shells, muddied sands and the harbor filled with barnacled boats and anchors ... thank you for this moment; glimpsing a piece of history that is actually close to me in heritage as Irish Catholics and Protestants still wrestle with their "differences" .. and with the English (pub fun) ;) well done .. to be read at a savoring pace and appreciated ... fine read for me ma'am! love the history lesson
E.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Dear kind Mr E, thank you so much for your enthusiastic review on my history lesson. So pleased you .. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Weeks Ago

:) ......................
Well yours is the first poem I'm reading since just joining. An excellent read to start out with as well. Really enjoyed and ty for the history, always enjoy learning.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Hello Michael and thank you for the visit. Welcome here and I hope you enjoy WC as much as I do. I r.. read more
Michael

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kinda confused right now..last night i got a message saying i was banned here....i might come back a.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

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The site has been playing up recently with a few weird things happening. Persevere though. It will b.. read more
All your writings give me lessons. I am blessed to be in touch with all your wisdom. History is important, and your descriptive style makes it even more interesting.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Dear Fairy, thank you so much for your kind comments. I do love history as a subject and I am so hap.. read more
I learn from you, Chris...thanks...
and those damn Catholics....i was raised one, I know.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Jacob, both the Protestants and the Catholics have much to answer for. Very bloody times when life w.. 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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