Biding Time

Biding Time

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(The English Riviera)

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tang of salt settles on lips
thirsty for ocean's ambience

delayed in this bay, cruise ships
lit like crystal chandeliers afloat

six beauties sachay on pitch water
tiers flash gold in dusk dark night

glazed window glass in luxury cabins
ablaze with brightest of gleams

anchored securely within depths
gripped tight to deep sea bed

turning by degrees on chained steel
outside the gentle arms of the harbour

out where the waves swell deepest
passengerless, a skeleton crew serves

waiting, waiting for a vaccine
biding time in silent solidarity

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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In a few, choice verses, you introduce the reader to the stunning beauty of the English Riviera at night, so rich in beauty and light. And yet, far out in the sea, ships wait solemnly, with few on board, hoping for a vaccine. This is so poignant. There's a sadness beyond the glitter. So much loss, so many livelihoods gone because of this killer pandemic. I felt the pain and the uncertainty....my friend.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

AJNJ

1 Week Ago

With second wave around Europe, there might be a much longer wait for them. This is a real test of .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you. Apologies for my typos above. Small phone, that's my excuse.
AJNJ

1 Week Ago

Aww thats absolutely fine Ms. Chris 😊 I could place it.



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I have never had the urge to do a cruise, but since we do get the occasional cruise ship in the Monterey Bay, it's truly astounding to see one up close. Your poem captures the mind-boggling enormity & ornate styling we typically expect in a cruise ship. The twist at the end is nicely ironic & not just becuz of covid times, but even before, it seemed cruise ships were regularly detained due to some rampant sickness. Whereas a cruise ship may start as a highbrow extravagance, in your poem, it ends up seeming like floating quarantine! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

13 Hours Ago

Yes Margie. Cruise ships are strangers to this bay in the south west. There are now eight anchored t.. read more
Those poor souls left on the ship; yes that's what happened to many ships at the start of Covid; hundreds were stranded; not a happy scene. I love how you describe the ship's glitter and the smell and taste of salt. Nice wire Chris, and very relevant. Best, Betty

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you Betty. These cruise liners are strangers to this bay. Anchored there for the duration of t.. read more
Betty Hermelee

4 Days Ago

We have the same thing in South Florida! so many empty giant ships just sitting...
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Such a pity Betty.
This is very dramatic, waiting, waiting. When, will it ever come? For some strange reason, I'm reminded of Poe's, believe the title is "The Mask of the Red Death". I could be wrong. In it, a group of people are invited to a castle in the woods, supposedly away from the plague ravishing their country. On the night of the masked ball, death reveals himself to them.
Take care and please be safe - Dave

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you Dave for sharing the thoughts my lines generated. Always good to see you visit my page. Al.. read more
Dave

5 Days Ago

It's always a pleasure to read what you write. Keep yourself safe.= Dave
Wow they are like ghost of a simpler time what a haunting and beautiful set of lines and a brisk reminder of what can and will be again dear Chris! I used to look at all of the parks closed signs with the entrances tapped up and just sigh and the empty school yards now and think of all the homebound children what strange days we are living in but it will end

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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Dear Bunny, I hope you are right. When I left Torbay today, there were seven cruise liners anchored .. read more
Lovely portrayal of the sea-faring and time-bearing.
Whether by vaccine, therapeutics, herd immunity or drastic lessening of the COVID virus,
humans will, eventually, whisk this problem into history's rather full dustbin.
Again, an amazing description!

Posted 6 Days Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thank you Jimmy for this wonderful review. Much appreciated.

Chris
Although the ships are a reality they could easily be a metaphor for the state of ‘waiting’ that so many of us are living in currently.

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thank you ellemorell. I do like your thoughts here. All good wishes.

Chris
balance, tranquility...nice to find them among the waves..though not through glazed window glass in luxury cabins, though i wonder what is the name of the six beauties

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Ha! I can't see the luxury, I can only surmise it, so in a way I still have some balance :) They are.. read more


You paint a most vivid picture here Chris .. and alongside those aesthetically pleasing cruise ship that ache for the freedom and space of the open ocean .. I sense a tinge of sadness and regret .. such majestic craft should not be tethered to one place for any longer than is necessary .. the problem is of course there is no telling when a suitable and effective vaccine will become available ... and so, there is much biding of time and treading of water in the interim ..... I am glad you took me on holiday with ya Chris ... thank you :)

Neville


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

They are strangers to this bay Neville (looking at them right now). There is a sadness, there is a f.. read more
This is one that strikes a chord with me, Chris. Since last March when my hubby and I got off a cruise, we have had 5 cruises canceled. The ships are calling us, but we can not go. Hopefully soon things will change and the cruises will sail once again. I miss the sound of waves hitting the ship and seeing the white foam on the water. What a great write this is, Chris. Lydi**

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Lydi**. The cruisers anchored in the bay are strangers here. They are beautiful to look at.. read more
We are all like Ships 🚢 ships anchored in the Bay.. our windows to the world shine like teardrops on dreams of Ocean voyages...
not knowing when we can set sail our fears.
We are all in this Life Boat ⛵️ together as we tether our hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
tenderly, Pat

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Pat, I am loving your response. We are indeed all ships at sea. The virus has done that to us a.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Week Ago

The new normal... living in the edge of tomorrow... if only our prayers for a Cure will be answered .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Bless you Pat, take great care x

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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