Petals

Petals

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Work recovered from a former poetry website) Remembering our war dead.

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Poppies lean towards a stream
where silver ripples gleam in sun.
A cool wind shakes their flimsy skirts
into the waters one by one.
Red sail boats launch into the deep,
"We do not sleep, we do not sleep",
I hear the sound of poignant notes
as little boats are homeward bound.

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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we lived next to a mountain creek for a long while and i taught my daughters to make tiny boats (paper and leaves mostly) and let them sail to grandmas and grandpas, living thousands of miles away, to send them a message of love
i am certain that at one point they realized that the message will never reach them, yet they kept sending the little boats homeward

i wish we all could keep our beliefs and innocence intact of all in what we call life...

i am sorry for the personal edge in my review, but you did it and i thank you for it.


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

No need to apologise at all. I am delighted you could relate to my words and your memory of your dau.. read more



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Hypnotic nature on display. The natural escape. Let the mind wander and forget your troubles. Poetic execution. Beautifully done.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you duff. Your thoughts and visit most welcome. You are appreciated.

Chris
I love this. Maybe your best in my opinion. There is something serene yet frantic about this. Great juxtaposition

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for that very encouraging review. Written quite a while back. Really appreciate the visit... read more
Seems a silly thing to temember, but can't help but think of the final scene in Blackadder, where the chaos of the battlefield is replaced by the field of poppies where it all took place. Such a poignant moment that caught us all out, but what a way to end it and leave the viewers humbled into silence.
The entire cast refused to do a second take of the over the top scene, saying it was far too traumatic to do again. I agree and that made the ending all the more real.
Apologiesfor reviewing Blackadder, but you started it with mentioning poppies 😀

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

You know Lorry, that Blackadder scene of the men going over the top was brilliant. Such a contrast f.. read more
The sadness of war seeps into the very core of nature itself as I read it with such beauty in your words, dear Ms. Chris. Its cries verberate forever in these earthly realms as well as in the universe. "We do not sleep, we do not sleep", your words reach and touch us deep down, as always.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you AJ for your visit and kind words. Always good to have your footprint cross my page. Be wel.. read more
good gosh ... i am stunned, frozen in thought & time
i am transfixed by this offering like few i have read and seen or felt
it is blood warm ... it is in awe ... it is so real
there is a powerful force hidden not so deep that has brought forth a stirring deep from within

i am moved

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Wow, if you are moved, then I guess I have done a reasonable job. That's what I set out to do. Thank.. read more
ABG phase3

2 Weeks Ago

i don't expect lesser of you, a poet
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Aw, you hit me blushing now :) Thanks.
This is so beautiful. Though not the same it reminded me of the poem "In Flanders' Fields". I thought of all those whose lives have been lost to this epidemic and those yet to go on. So many petals blowing in the wind and floating in the stream.

Take care Chris. Dave

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Dave. In Flanders Fields is one of my favourite poems too. I appreciate your thoughts and .. read more
Red flowers seem full of war blood.I like this poem. Its so deep and artful.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Tania. I appreciate your visit and your thoughts.

Chris
This one made me think of "In Flanders Fields." Indeed, the cool wind of death did shake the fragile flowers into the dark waters. The red boats bear them on to Valhalla. They do not sleep because of those who continue to remember them. As I recall, the UK has a "Remembrance Day," to recall the sacrifices of those who died in WW1. It probably includes the WW2 dead, too, but I am not sure about that.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Hello John, thanking you for this thoughtful review. Yes our Remembrance day, includes ww2 and more .. read more
Quietly I read this. It is akin to a great painting . OF YOUR works I think it the best Ive seen.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for that very encouraging review Tate. Hope all is good with you. I appreciate your visit... read more
Tate Morgan

2 Weeks Ago

you are welcome Chris. My pleasure
these lines make my heart melt dear Chris I am listening to harp music by Mary Lattimore and these words melted so beautifully into the music I could see the petals motioning down the stream to return to their homes:) wow this is beautiful

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Dear Bunny, I love harp music. Thank you so much for this lovely review. Yes, I tried to maje those .. 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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