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

"
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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since there is no logical parallel to what the world is experiencing, we have to turn to the poets to try and make sense of this. All of this. God commands this shelter from pain perhaps; this metaphoric proposition that not only occupies our grief but rolls back the stone of uncertainty if the angels are too busy.....dana

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Dana for sharing your thoughts. A welcome visit from you. All the best.

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Dear Chris,
Your words speak so totally of your heartbreak. This is something no family on earth should have had to go through. I fall short of words to express my deepest sympathies. May God lead you and your family through these darkest of days.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

We are one of many. A pin prick in an ocean sky. There will be many more who die before this beast w.. read more
DIVYA

2 Months Ago

They hurt like hell indeed, my friend. I have loved ones there in UK and I know how dark it feel rig.. read more
How can i express my grief dear poet, my deepest condolence to you and your loved one.... A true poet can only describe a grief in such beautiful way... Hugs

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you dear Sima for your heartfelt sympathy. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
My heart breaks as I read this....My deepest sympathies for the bereaved family....I am so sorry for your loss, dear friend Chris.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Ditzy, I thank you for your condolences on our loss. Please keep safe yourself my fav Kat.
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Dhara_Ditzy Kat

2 Months Ago

You too, my dear friend. May God be with you and your loved ones in these troubled times. Stay Stron.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you kitty kat...
This made me cry, it’s so painfully sad yet beautiful. I didn’t even read the dedication until afterwards and cried more. So sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers HUGS

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Patricia, I thank you for your kindness as we grieve. Many thank yous.

Chris
This is such a beautifully written poem, Chris. I'm so sorry for your loss! He'll forever live on in your hearts, though.

100/100

Nix ❤️

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your condolences Nix. You are appreciated.

Chris


... I am lost for words .. but filled with sorrow on your behalf .. what a magnificent dedication to Stuart your brother in law Chris

Neville


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Neville for that lovely response to mark Stuart's passing. You are appreciated.
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A tragic but ~ finely written acknowledgement of Stuart. The weft and weave behind your words is more than clear. How very, very sad, Chris.

'.. our loved one is yesterday ~ where memories live.. '

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Em. Yes, a very sad time for our family. Stuart was much loved.

Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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