Never A Statistic

Never A Statistic

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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In loving memory of Stuart Beattie Cullen, my brotherin-law husband to Wendy, father to Jamie and Iain 22.11.53 - 17.1.2021

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no more winters
no more summers
no trumpet fanfare
nor mourning drummers
.
stand pay attention
to each nation's numbers
those who have succumbed
those who are encumbered
.
another notch on a bully belt
nicked by a fat covid snatcher
.
we are rocked
though we don't roll
we are empty of heart and soul
we are numbed by the speed
by sheer greed of a callous taker
a shaker of spirits
.
whose parched thirst is unslaked
whose belly remains unfilled
who cares not of lives taken
nor of tears in sadness spilled
.
our loved one is yesterday
where memories live
grief is for today
grief is lost tomorrows
.
while pain
a price paid for loving
leaves a deluge of rain
.
splattered drop sorrows
on stain red cheeks
from hollow eyes

© 2021 Christine Anne Shaw


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I love how you begin with a more broad suffering, emptiness, pain and mourning for 400,000 US deaths , not just us, but all around the globe, the greed of one leader, chaos, death never to forget;
Then you bring it a to more personal level, your dear brother- in-law, a loving person for whom you are mourning at present; “leaves a deluge of rain”
Excellent work, Chris...peace and condolences, Betty

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

World wide and personal, the battle is in full swing. There will be many more casualties before the .. read more



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This is heartfelt and heartachingly beautiful. Such perfectly penned lines that will sound familiar to anyone who is grieving... "grief is lost tomorrow's"

I was drawn to the title due to my job as an analyst.

I'm not a statistician .. my mind works better with patterns and words than it does with numbers. Since March I've been working on the Covid response for a local authority in an area with high cases. Never a statistic though, never just a number .. not a day goes by when my team don't mention the personal cost .. brought home now and then by tragic pictures of frontline colleagues who have died. Never a statistic, always a loved one.

Thank you for sharing and writing such engaging and important poetry Christine .

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

I am really touched by this lovely review Helen. Thank you so much.

Chris
Such a deep write, so much emotion, nicely expressed

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Kim. Your visit and thoughts appreciated. All good wishes.

Chris
Sorry for you and yours loss Chris,
We go through life as marks on a start sheet, an employee, NI number, a tick in a Y/N box and oh so many more too dreary to contemplate, but we are all a thousand things and more to so many we have know...brother in law, partner, parent, child, friend, colleague, assistant, teacher and so much more, yet even in death they still try to wrap us in their red tape and beaurock... Byoorok.... Bloody numbers!
Time of death, date of birth and death separated only by a - on a headstone, that would take a library of books to even scratch the surface of who that person is to even one of those they knew.




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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Lorry. Each day we get the drum roll of the numbers of people who have died the day before.. read more
Lorry

1 Month Ago

Every one a story to so many can never be just a start. Uk will become 5th country to pass hundred t.. read more
This is the most raucous powerful poem I've ever seen you write! Wow! I can feel you kinda raging out, in your subdued & slightly understated way. You show your family's private anguish alongside the bigger picture of pandemic slaughter & this amplifies your whole message to a deafening roar. I'm so sorry this damn thing has hit so close to home for all of you (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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First, my heartfelt condolences Chris for the loss of your brother-in-law; such a sad thing and something that so many families are enduring at this time.

It is no real consolation, but there will be summers to come; but it is going to be one hell of a fight before this monster is finally slain. As for the deniers, (and I personally know more than one such idiot,) they are so very wrong both scientifically and morally.

Beccy.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you for your condolences and your visit Beccy. You know it is the deniers who concern me most... read more
Yes dear Chris. The coronavirus took from us so much. I lost my father 29 January 2020 to her. My daughter, the nurse. Had the virus twice. I wish for normal days. Poor grandchildren are locked in the house. In the Spring, Summer and Fall. We could escape to the many lakes and forest near. Winter make the days slower and harder. I hope you are doing well and stay safe my dear friend.
Coyote

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Staying safe Coyote. Two grandchildren live with us, so we have company. Conversation is important. .. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

I hope so dear Chris. The grandchildren and I. We have great plans for some fieldtrips. Have some fu.. read more
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MCS
the numbers are overwhelming
the loss is staggering
its just been too much
we will never be the same after this experience

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

How right you are and then you remember there are those who believe it is no worse than a dose of fl.. read more
There will be many more deaths and broken hearts before it's done scorching a path across the world. Life is not always fair. It's often cruel.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Tim and you are right life is unfair. It has always been and always will be. The beast has.. read more
Powerful poem 🙏..your poems are awesome ma'am..your poems give amazing message.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you darshu. Your review much appreciated.

Chris
dearest Chris... a powerful poem of leaving earth where mourning is felt in so many homes.
The moon will still shine in the heavens where stars will reminisce and gather the memories of those lost. The vaccine is being prepared and millions will be prepared. A healing potion across Oceans. Be Brave... Be Well.. Amen


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Pat, the vaccine is the way out of this. It will take time though. Many thank yous.

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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