Dial It Down

Dial It Down

A Poem by Chris

sea stacks stand
separated from motherland
surrounded by salt water
spray spitting venom

like lost children
parted from parents
who fret in empty houses
cast asunder by blunders

far wiser to find
solutions to resolve issues
where fractures open chasms
cause heartache

only fools stoke fires
of division, burning bridges
cutting off routes to harmony
with displays of anger

words used carelessly
carve deepest wounds
scars bleed profusely
infected with poison

douse those embers
about to ignite
into roaring fiery action
flames blazing in madness

save burning bridges
tone down fits of spite
stamp out hate
before it's too late

© 2021 Chris


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"Save burning bridges"....how many times my mother would tell us to be careful before we burn bridges with someone.

I can feel the angst and frustration of being on both sides of much of this piece, both as an individual, group, and society as a whole. You've captured so much here to bring that message home. Tough topics sometimes, but still need reminding!

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Chris

1 Month Ago

As you get older, you understand more the importance of bridge building. Burning your bridges and th.. read more



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i feel the anguish and despair .. there is a brew a-stewing .. has widened over at least the last 2 decades .. our elected leaders are (if one trusts the vote) put there by us ... who are divided .. but seems a horrifying thing to me the extremes willing to be gone to in order to grab and hold power. The most recent being riding our Reps and Senators of the power to filibuster and serious talk of "packing the Courts" .. Federal decision making that allows and dis-allows one company or another .. price fixing ... and lying so transparently ... i will vote till i pass on .. i watch very little news .. it is so horribly gone awry .. balance will always be with us .. the farther Left ... the farther Right .. we need a whole new breed ... too much money and power to be had in our Federal Gov. .. for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to long. Well said Christine! thanks for the platform to respond to your, as always, rhythmic, solid built quatrains ..the social commentary is loud and clear ... we all need to keep the lines open don't we ... i like the consonance in "sea salt stacks" .. it makes me think of Sodom and Gomorrah ..Lot's wife turning to a pillar of salt ..oh how i pray we have not gone that far ... keep staying safe and well

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Chris

2 Months Ago

So pleased your flag is flying high and that your daffs are heralding the cusp of spring. You have B.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

poetry in motion https://youtu.be/Oy_ArpznZUs and i truly feel you Christine .. i love that you were.. read more
Chris

2 Months Ago

Thank you for the link. Wonderful, upbeat song. Remember it well. So thoughtful of you...


................. well said .. n now well read .. I am number 18 by the way ... expect to get a lot more hits here Chris before the sun comes up .................................... N :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Whether you are the first to call or the last, you are more than welcome. Thanks for checking this o.. read more
Like Nature, we who inhabit this world can be full of spite and hatred. Personally, I have lost count of the number of times I have extended the hand of kindness and been on the receiving end of some very nasty retaliations. I find its easier for us to respond with negative reactions and emotions and it takes a tougher person to stay civil and wise. Somehow I don't see hate ever being eradicated. It runs too deep in our genetic psyche. I enjoyed the metaphor and message here, Chris. We can always try to educate the masses and hope they will listen and see the error of their ways. 🌹

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Chris

2 Months Ago

Thank you Vicktoria. I appreciate your thoughts here. Sadly some people are confrontational and noth.. read more
What an exemplary read this is! Yes, life is fragile and fleeting, so in this miniscule spending there should be tolerance, love and the like. Intolerance, hatred only drifts.. Burns, nothing to gain from this. I think ego is another venom that freezes the warm heart also. Your words are applicable not only in the personal level but in the political scenario as well. I like your statement of causing wound by toxic words.... I think covid has shown us the futility of life let alone the ego, hatred and all... I appreciate this write so much

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Dear Sima, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I think you are right. The past year with politics a.. read more
"stamp out hate
before it's too late"
Apt advice for this time, with increasing intolerance, personal grudge, family rifts and hatred. It is time now to dial it down.
Thanks for sharing this dear Chris.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Dear Ayesha, so nice of you to check in and share your thoughts. Hope all is good with you. Keep saf.. read more
Not sure whether this one is referring to personal or political divisions. Either way, the advice is sound: "save burning bridges/ tone down fits of spite". Unfortunately, there are too many unwilling to heed this wisdom these days.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Chris

2 Months Ago

Thank you John. You are of course right. There are many who don't heed.

Chris
I agree dear Chris.
"save burning bridges
tone down fits of spite
stamp out hate
before it's too late"
The above lines. I must re-inform my mind to keep my mouth quiet. Hard to do sometime. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Thanks Coyote. Yes, silence can be golden. I appreciate your visit I,

Chris
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

I agree dear Chris. Silence is golden.
Cross words between adults can often cause abject misery for children who have little understanding of the heated words used.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Chris

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Augustus for sharing your thoughts and checking in.

Chris
Well I never thought it possible Chris, but after reading your words, I am left feeling so upset at the selfish and abusive parents of the giants causeway and wondering what he!/she!/it!/other done to deserve being put on such an isolated naughty step 😊
What do you mean I've missed the point? Oh, I see! Sorry, I'll go find a more hospitable naughty step and hang my head in shame.
Hope you're all well and looking forward to the shoots of spring blossoming and maybe, just maybe actually seeing more of it live than just staring at your garden. 😊

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Hi Lorry. That bloomin naughty step. There:s a thought naughty steps for parents. Certainly looking .. read more
Your words have certainly affected me dear Chris! Being a kitty, I scratch and hiss often, forgetting how much I might be hurting the hearts around me. This poem is as if speaking to me, gently, kindly without judging me but with compassion to be a better version of myself. I resolve to improve. You are always so kind and thoughtful to everyone around you.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Months Ago

Here we go xxxx
Xxxx

Yum yum
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

2 Months Ago

Awwww! You my dear Chris are the best!
Thanks for such reassuring words!
I love you.. read more
Chris

2 Months Ago

That will do nicely ....... :))

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