Where The Shade Falls

Where The Shade Falls

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

where reigns the oak a mighty king
the beech is surely England's queen
beneath her dense green canopy
that hides me from a cloudless sky
i watch as from this river bank
the cruisers with their ease of grace
so gently smoothly sail on by

oh Fagus god of this fine tree
today in overbearing heat
i thank you for the use of shade
i thank you for the softest breeze
and from the inner core of me
i curtsey to this queen of queens
for growing in this welcome glade

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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We have them here too Chris, but use them to take cover from the angels tears rather than this strange and exotic heat thing you talk of.
They work just as well for both purposes, but with our version you need acceptance... Acceptance that one ice cold drop must baptise our neck and make us want to chop the tree down, build a raft and sail off to faier climes... I hearthe arctic is warming up these days 😀
Like the perspective your thoughts took here Chris, which left me wondering that there must be a myth or legend behind the kings and queens being rooted to the spot, eternally hoping that the wind brings their branches together for the briefest touch from their other half, and the frustration of being able to see and not touch.
Maybe that would explain autumn better, where leaves are tears shed in despair of being eternally apart.


Posted 5 Days Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Of course you can be sheltered from the rain, just as you can be sheltered from the sun. I am beginn.. read more
Lorry

4 Days Ago

You're welcome, and I'm not at all jealous. Well.... 😀
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Yeah.. Well I know the sun is sharing more today, so enjoy :)



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A perfectly rendered tribute to trees and their benefits Chris - could go on reading this verse and fancying I am sheltering there from this heat with your words dear friend.

Posted 8 Hours Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Hours Ago

While everyone else blistered in the heat, we were moored for the day beneath this wonderful, protec.. read more
Beautiful write, Ms. Christine. The sense of gratitude, respect and appreciation for nature's easing and fortitudinous aspects, the unseen forces, trust in the order of nature, have been depicted by the author with vivid imagery. May the dense green Beech always give you shade and peace. Regards.

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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Hours Ago

Thank you so much for that truly beautiful review Archisman Rick. Ever grateful for trees and what t.. read more
Archishman Rick

9 Hours Ago

Absolutely. You're very welcome.
Wonderful poetry dear Chris.
"oh Fagus god of this fine tree
today in overbearing heat
i thank you for the use of shade
i thank you for the softest breeze"
I did love the lines above. I hope you are doing well and thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 10 Hours Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Hours Ago

Dear Coyote, I am so pleased you enjoyed these lines. I can tell you on a scorching hot day I was mo.. read more
Coyote Poetry

9 Hours Ago

Me too. I have large trees in my yard. Keep us cool in the Summer.
Christine Anne Shaw

9 Hours Ago

You take care :)


Ah' yes indeed, we all need such a glade serene .. tis so darn good to be back, in this my England.. Perfectly captured our Chris... and ink well spent if ya ask me...

Neville

Posted 10 Hours Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

10 Hours Ago

Thank you for that fine review Neville. Hope all is good and you feel refreshed:)

Chr.. read more
Neville

9 Hours Ago


because ya words are worth it our Chris...

Neville :)
Vivid imagery. This checks all the senses. It's been so hot this summer i can't wait for fall!

Posted 17 Hours Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Hours Ago

Many thanks duff for your thoughts.

Chris
Some nice vivid memories being recalled here. Soothing imagery of the waters edge, clouds, the sunshine....you took me somewhere wonderful here.

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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Hours Ago

So pleased my lines took you to a good place Troy. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
As a boy in England I don't recall cloudless skies or overbearing heat; however, I did enjoy picking, peeling, and eating beech nuts. Your poem made me miss that.

Posted 1 Day Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Hours Ago

We've just had a scorching few days. You reminded me of beech nuts too. I thank you for that and you.. read more
What beautiful words to describe shade and shadows, love it ;-]

Posted 3 Days Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

I appreciate your lovely review. Thank you dear poet.

Chris
Chris, a fine tribute to the beech. So refreshing to read about a tree we don't read much in poetry. We have fewer beech trees in my area. However, my house, built in 1906, was framed with beech taken from the property. I wish I could enjoy the shade of those trees today. Your weather reads hot like we've experienced the past two weeks.

We often fail to recognize trees and other natural things that escape mention in literature and common mention elsewhere. We should never forget all the less-mentioned wonders in our world. They surely outnumber all the other more celebrated things.

Posted 4 Days Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

Many thanks for your interesting thoughts Robert. Our home was also built in appx 1906. So fascinat.. read more
R.E. Ray

3 Days Ago

You’re welcome, Chris. Always a pleasure. We’re doing well, despite the COVID crisis around us.
Wow that's great. I understood the poem well and liked it as well.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Thank you so much Devansh Shekhar Shukla. I appreciate your visit and your thoughts.

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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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