Maybe There's Courage in Clover

Maybe There's Courage in Clover

A Poem by Chris 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 Chris 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 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 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

11 Months Ago

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



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We all have our less than perfect parts and It takes a lot of courage to accept what one sees in the mirror, at times. Yet, with narcissism and vanity on the rise, its getting increasingly difficult to find that rare gem that shines with a fourth leaf head and doesn't look to be yet another piece off the assembly line. Indeed, sometimes a flaw makes its owner more alluring and special. Wish more people realized that. Fantastic thinking, Ms. Chris!

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you for understanding AJNJ for seeing in my lines what I am thinking. Appreciate your visit an.. read more
Pestonjee

11 Months Ago

Its a pleasure always dear friend 🤗
:)
Show your fourth leaf, people!
We know you've got one!

So uplifting to hear from another person.
Thank you so much. You've renewed my faith in humanity for another season.
This is absolutely inspiring. And beautiful. And spiritually recharging.
And clover is my favorite ground cover.
:)

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thanking you for what you see in these lines. If you find them inspirational then I can ask for no m.. read more
The message in this poem is such a very important one.
And I think you delivered it so well.
A great way to illustrate it.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thanks Ana, I am so sick of all these beautiful young women looking like clones. They all look the s.. read more
Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

There's something to be said for natural beauty.
I agree.
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 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 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

11 Months Ago

Thanks dear Chris! Your treats are lovely always! Keep inspiring us, my special friend.
I love this poem. I love the strident tones of confidence-boosting that you convey between your well-crafted lines. At first I was thinking how we, as dumb poor-sighted humans, see the one that's different & automatically assume it's a defect. But as your poem goes on, I also catch tones of how we shouldn't let the expectation of this "rejection" be what defines the way we move thru this world. To me, the crux of this is when people feel they must have certain appearance-boosters like makeup or hat (cover that bald spot) . . . it's so relaxing to move thru the world without worrying what we look like! As your poem does, I also wish for others to know this freedom! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 11 Months Ago


This is a fine lesson for us all, Christine. It's a world obsessed with perfection and anything that strays from that perceived norm is an abomination in the minds of some. Just as you wrote, a clover is still a clover, whether it has three leaves or four. We should embrace our uniqueness, be proud of it and not travel the path of conformity. This is a wonderful moral. One the younger generations especially should take notice of. Fine writing.

Posted 11 Months Ago


An interesting rallying call to the legions of ordinary folk who look in the mirror and are unhappy with what they see. Indeed uniqueness is beauty but unfortunately we are sold 'perfection' by advertisers, TV and Films

Posted 11 Months Ago



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