Maybe There's Courage in Clover

Maybe There's Courage in Clover

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(when you look at a field of clover, you don't see imperfection, sadly too many of our young people look in the mirror and hate what they see)

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a field of clover
wet from recent rain
lush in its verdant greenness
perfect in its wider vision
hides imperfection

yet you wouldn't know that
unless i can show it
so when i hand you a short
stem supporting four leaf heads
instead of the usual three

it may appear to be a flaw
in its making, but i don't
suppose it feels any different
from all the others being
tickled by september sun

look at us as a species
too ready by far to point at
each others defects instead of
celebrating who we are
we are all human regardless

so it saddens me to see those
who lack courage to stand firm
some have such a shallow 
opinion of their own appearance
they will follow the crowd
to gain sameness

instead of playing their own
ace card, standing alone and
being proud to do so, they
join an army of monotony,
afraid to display uniqueness
believing comfort comes in 
numbers

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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This is poem is so on point my dear friend. Everyone nowadays wants to be a size zero with arched brows and pouty lips. I swear I can't tell one social media influencer from another. In gentle, sensitive words, you convey your dismay. Love your poetry always.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

My fav cat Ditzy says it like it is. Even a p***y cat can see it. Why don't these young women stop f.. read more
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

6 Months Ago

Thanks dear Chris! Your treats are lovely always! Keep inspiring us, my special friend.



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In an increasingly collectivist world, sameness becomes the logical standard.
Go to almost any of our schools; see how conformity of thought is, practically,
demanded--difference, roundly discouraged.
That "army of monotony" has, for far too long, held sway.
A desperately needed message adorned in high art.
Thank you, Lady Christine!


Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Dear Jimmy, thank you for your thoughtful response. Much appreciated.

Chris
Chris - you are so right on! Sometimes I wonder where are those who have the courage? Those who will finally say, "Enough is enough! We shouldn't have to put up with this garbage anymore! Those who are willing to put themselves at risk and initiate necessary change - are there any?
GOD - I can't wait until November when we vote and hopefully get fid of the idiot in the White House.
Take care of you and yours - Dave

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Dave for your much appreciated visit. Have a lovely Sunday. All the best.

C.. read more
Your words can only be shared through years of experience and wisdom. I find it a shame that young people are all looking to emulate what they see on TV or media. I like the clover connection you've made. Great poem.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Many thanks Tim. I appreciate your thoughts. It is mainly young people, particularly young women I a.. read more
You have hit on something here that many others will be aware of too ..

the increasing mindset and associated trends to which you refer is perhaps not necessarily as new as one might believe it to be.. it is however much more globalised today than ever before and the immediacy that stems from todays technology and social media forums serve to reinforce and exacerbate the positive and or negative characteristics and attributes of so called celebrities & role models .. I blame a lot of this on the way our world has largely adopted a tick a box, pop a pill, push a button, I want it now attitude and mentality ... bring back the birch and ..

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

... I thought you might have had a funny turn, whacking with a birch took me back to the boys lining.. read more
Neville

5 Months Ago


... I was one of them boys on several occasions ..
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Naughty boys can turn into naughty men :)
Well said Chris. We see flaws others don't and in most cases it is just an illusion, as we are used to seing ourselves in the mirror and feel that's not how we see ourselves. And it isn't.
Go into photoshop and flip the same photo and hey presto, its us again, where left is left instead of right in the mirror.
Plus, are we still in the playground? Be unique, embrace it and stand out, but for self and not others. They'll all have an opinion no matter what we do.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Lorry. Just having a whinge. Too many people follow the crowd in everything. Not just beha.. read more
Lorry

5 Months Ago

I was certainly different. Big dark quiff and skinny. Sigh
😀
I better read the other reviews before I write anything too unique
I don't know about that standing out stuff
Just saying (I think)

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Many thanks Dave for your visit.

Chris
Easy to seek solitude dear Chris. With old age upon me. I became Salinger. Thank you for the internet. Allow me to create without wandering out. I agree. Too many quiet voices in our world. The world become more lonely when we should be seeking some happiness. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Too many follow the crowd, not just in the way they look, but the way they behave. Where are the vis.. read more
Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris.
I think perhaps the internet has led to a reluctance to show one's uniqueness. After all, who wants to stand out, only to become the target of the army of cancelers, trolls, conspiracy theorists and unvarnished psychos who populate cyberspace these days?

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Sadly you are right, but who gives a toss about a minority of nutters? Never follow the crowd, that'.. read more
I just love this...different does not mean flawed. Different means unique, something or someone noticed in a crowd of sameness.
j.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Oh to be the one that stands out. The one that diesn:t follow the sheep. Thank you Jacob.
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Title is reminds me that famous qoute by Jesus about mustard seed. Just little faith can change so much more. Your metaphors are very ordinary and very truthful like life it self. To step out of crowd is not easy thing to do. And also keep there without wish to return to save zone. Our modern society push so much pressure on young people. To be always best to make money and to became almost just like number at system of economy . To step out you need to be then just brave you have to be sensitive for others and for your self. I think our education must be so much more then learning schemes . Also true spirituality and empathy forward to others. Cause we start more believe at our self if we see how strong influence can we make on others and world. Again you prove you are able to bring sensitive subject at most beautiful poetic form.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Martin for your thoughtful review. Yes it takes courage, but I wish there were more leader.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Martin for your thoughtful review. Yes it takes courage, but I wish there were more leader.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for two years now, content to be in the company of like minded souls who love poetry. There are many talented poets on this forum. Have been reading poetry most of my life,.. more..

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