Even On Grey Days

Even On Grey Days

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
"

(for Andy,)

"
even on a grey morning
as river still sleeps
while graceful willows
dip their tresses
into silent water

while the view is devoid
of colour, listen
a blackbird sings for you
a song of hope
notes from that tiny throat
telling you life is worth
living

I think of you
in your Texan bed for
eight months weathering
riding the storms back
on so many fronts

in the care of professionals
who check your insurance
before contemplating
their next move

you tell me of suffering
you have seen on a scale
that can't be measured
how you have contemplated
your own demise

how my dear friend
you are waging a battle
but still say to me
it is better to be
than not to be

you send your love
across the waves
and I say to you
keep Hamlet close
and poetry even closer


© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Those moments of beauty and light can be so well hidden to a darkened mind that ot takes a feat of such strength to hear, see and feel them amongst our senseless senses that it feels like it would be easier to show a blind person what turquoise is, or figure out which way is up in space.
But even though it sounds loke something a trainee motivational guru would say, hopelesness can't exist without hope.
Yet your checking the insurance line tells us so much more about how it isn't only physical pain that can take us there Chris, but the feeling that we are alone in seeing the insanity the world has become, where pieces of paper have more importance than life itself.
Leaves me with the feeling that the world should hit the reset button and start again from scratch.
Once more, with feeling springs to mind.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Lorry. It grieves me that he may not be getting the best quality of care because of bloody in.. read more
Lorry

2 Weeks Ago

Hope things work out for him. Too many fall through the cracks in a system whose only compassion see.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

I agree, the NHS is a national treasure. Something we should all be really proud of. Treatment regar.. read more



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There are those who have the most amazing inner resilience; a life force to be reckoned with if you will; and your friend sounds as if he has that in abundance.

'It is better to be, than not to be,' Indeed it is, and I can only say, that long may your friend continue to hear the blackbird's song.

Beccy.


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Beccy. He has huge inner resilience, as does my mum who soldiers on when all appears lost... read more
This is a tale of utmost suffering; someone who has been battling for months to stay alive...for what??
Some people just can't give up gracefully; they want more Meds, pokes, etc. I don't think anyone can change a mind that's already made up. I really like the "Hamlet" stuff thrown in there. Nice Write.
Fondly Betty


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Betty. Some people have huge inner resilience when the chips are down. He loves his family.. read more
Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

I completely understand, went through this with my mother, very sad
Taken to the banks of the river Avon where peace reigned supreme. The first two verses transported me there where memories are still fresh!.The following verses brings other relateable memories to the fore. ..to my family in Texas. Thank you!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you kitty, especially as you can relate. And because you have family in Texas. Really appreci.. read more
kitty

1 Week Ago

My pleasure. Just finished a Zoom meeting. Project in hand.Stay safe
This is great! The line about the insurance company is so spot on. The opening is sad but beautiful. I love grey skies...they are sad and magical. Well done poem.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

So appreciate you checking in adornoscousin. Many thanks.

Chris
Very beautiful poem about hidden joy and happiness. My friend once told me happiness is like glass, sometimes you can see it and sometimes you can't.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

You have a wise friend JungLee. Thank you for your visit.

Chris
JungLee

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your comment
Beautiful piece, Chris. We need more voices like yours in the world, especially during times like these. I hope your friend is able to recover, and I wish you all the best.

-Derekv

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Derekv. I truly appreciate your encouraging review. All good wishes.

Chris
Your friend required a bit of uplifting.
You, Chris, have delivered--and, then some.
A study in master psychology.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

You are too kind. Thank you so much for your visit. All good wishes.

Chrid
Emotional and beautiful write. Thank you for sharing and all positive thoughts and good will coming your way from Australia :)

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Troy for your thoughtful review. All good wishes.

Chris
Doctors can do so much they can only do so much

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for checking in Kent. All the best.

Chris
"and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep..." The Bard knew all too well. But still we claw, fight and struggle to live in the extremity of these days. This dramatic, heart-rending poem is as real and assaulting as the current situation is Chris. A thousand shocks each and every day now. But still, the blackbird sings - it sings of hope! Thought-provoking, poignant, poem. Brava.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Annette for your Shakespeare quote and your thoughtful response. Thank goodness the blac.. 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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