Alone

Alone

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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( a poem retrieved from a former poetry site, remembering the old and lonely who die alone,who deserve more than compassion)

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a frost, pencil sharp
left a hard bite, unwelcome
in the silence of a cold, stark night

in her grave beneath sunken stone
she alone, for forty years past
turned weary, teary in her final days

gave up and bade a sad farewell,
switched off the dim and unkind light
died without a smile on her lips

stars in sequinned sympathy
jumped to attention, did their best
stood on guard, lined a pathway

saluted her homeward flight 
to peace and eternal rest, 
no earthly mourners had she

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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No earthly mourners had she... How sad. A person dearly wants someone beside his/ her death bed... No one want to be alone and old age is the time when the frail body want some warmth in the relation as the vigour has gone. How pathetic that in this situation some are left alone to die..

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Sima. Sadly that is reality. Some people die completely alone and have no one to mourn the.. read more



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dying with no loved ones around us...no mourners, no one to say a few words as to what our life might have been worth...who cared? who loved? Who will miss?
reminds me of Eleanor Rigby..."all the lonely people, where do they all come from, all the lonely people where do they all belong?"

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Jacob. I love Eleanor Rigby, such a beautiful song. There are many lonely people, they sh.. read more
Covid came to mind when I read this, not allowing those closest to see dying loved ones. Very sad.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Andrew. I wrote this poem many years ago, but it is so relevant to what some are having to.. read more


... this is so very sad, but unfortunately, even today neither an uncommon or unusual occurrence .. in fact, on reflection, I suspect given the circumstances we are all currently facing, I would not be surprised if such incidences are increasing across and throughout this caring society of ours ...

Something like this just needed to be written for all such sorry souls.

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

I think you are right Neville. This type of lonely death is likely to be on the increase, especially.. read more

"stars in sequinned sympathy
jumped to attention,..."

That alliteration is quite nice - I always appreciate seeing unfamiliar words (as they add to my own vocabulary) and the imagery is very sharp. I like the tercets as well, and find that (despite being free-verse) a semblance of organization can give work a strong cohesion.

Nice job, thank you for sharing.

-Ook




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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks for the read and leaving such encouraging comments. Most appreciated.

Chr.. read more
I can directly relate to this. I worked at a nursing home during the first three months of the covid outbreak and its truly heartbreaking. The pictures of family talking on a cell phone through the glass is crushing reality. You want to protect them but some of them have only days left and still the family was not allowed in. Mentally torn apart.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

That must have been heartbreaking for you. So sorry duff you had to live that and also sadly you fou.. read more
duff

3 Months Ago

Thank you Chris and I feel for you as well. We can definitely lean on each other and best wishes. G.. read more
No earthly mourners had she... How sad. A person dearly wants someone beside his/ her death bed... No one want to be alone and old age is the time when the frail body want some warmth in the relation as the vigour has gone. How pathetic that in this situation some are left alone to die..

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Sima. Sadly that is reality. Some people die completely alone and have no one to mourn the.. read more
Profoundly sad.
Love the line: "stars in sequinned sympathy..."
You paint a bleak picture, Chris--though, ultimately, hopeful.
But, you do paint, magnificently!

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Jimmy. As a child I loved painting long before I ever turned to poetry. Love frequenting a.. read more
A sad yet evergrowing number outliving their own memories and succumbing to the modern blight of being left behind and forgotten. And most likely paid own funeral costs and went without fuss. They don't make 'em like they use to Chris, sadly.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Ha ha good evening Lorry.
Lorry

3 Months Ago

And a good evening to you too Chris. Still thinking of the virgin cookbook and Mums the world over w.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

So naughty :))

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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