Gable End

Gable End

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

long after leaving
brushwood of silver birch
will still tremble in
mornings soft spring breeze

lengthy tresses will tease
pre dawn air while whispers
bring goodnight kisses
through clear glass panes

heart of this tree forever
resides in me wherever i go
sunshine happy on river's flow
or in my garden sanctuary

in sickness, sorrow or fear
through hello and goodbyes
steadfast, rooted in seasons
a sentinel on guard duty

glance upon graceful limbs
on dark veined bark markings
awaiting green leaf canopy
it is only right i pay my dues
 
merci for sharing emotions
unafraid to display movement
a friend in all ways truthful
in all weathers honest

© 2021 Christine Anne Shaw


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wow ... such strong personification i believe you are giving tribute to someone very special and true .. a true friend rare in anyone's life says i .. and i love birch trees also .. and the aspen .. both gathered in stands so accent surrounding pines and evergreens .. they mark the mountain edges ..beautiful beautiful poem .. a keeper in my books ... so glad i did not miss this one Ms. Shaw .. top o the mahrnin' to ya!
E.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Mr E for that delightful review. I too am pleased you called on this poem. Even more now t.. read more



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this is such a gorgeous piece!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks Savanna for another read. All the best.

Chris
I liked this a lot. I read it a few times and discovered something new every time. The phrasing and word choices were well made and gave an air of elegance to the poem. Good job!

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you kindly for your review and welcome to my page. Pleased to meet you Vectra and I appreciate.. read more
This tree came alive for me with your beautiful words of description. It was more human to me than many people I know. I loved reading this piece.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Fairy. So pleased to see you. Hope all is good with you.

Chris
wow ... such strong personification i believe you are giving tribute to someone very special and true .. a true friend rare in anyone's life says i .. and i love birch trees also .. and the aspen .. both gathered in stands so accent surrounding pines and evergreens .. they mark the mountain edges ..beautiful beautiful poem .. a keeper in my books ... so glad i did not miss this one Ms. Shaw .. top o the mahrnin' to ya!
E.

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Thank you Mr E for that delightful review. I too am pleased you called on this poem. Even more now t.. read more


I know that feeling you describe here so well .. I shall certainly miss my fave old oak tree across the way when I eventually move to my new house ..

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Maybe there will be other trees in your new surroundings you can gaze upon Neville. You have mention.. read more
This is a fine offering, very meaningfully done
This is also an area that is at the root of conflict in our (and other) areas where loggers want to clear cut a large portion of our remaining old growth forests, most of which are over 2000 years in age
Well past time we ceased destroying these beautiful things

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Dave and for sharing your thoughts. Another tree lover. Join the club.

Chri.. read more
So beautiful. Dear Chris. I loved how you described so many things. I loved the old trees. The stories, they could tell us. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Coyote. A life without the beauty of trees would be dull indeed. All good wishes my friend.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

I agree dear Chris and you are welcome.
The trees in our backyards....they grew as we did and they saw it all. They withstood the carved initials and kissed us with falling leaves. I had a weeping willow in my backyard in New Jersey that was such a tree. If it could have spoken, oh the stories it would have told. Always silent, never revealing its secrets....steadfast! Beautifully written, Chris. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Lydi**especially for sharing your weeping willow with me. I have such an affinity with tre.. read more
"In all weathers honest"---what a great line and great ending.

I look at old pictures of the Gutterson's front yeard in Ryegate, VT....the giant maple that is still there
from when I was little...oh how much and how many generations it has seen...steadfast and true...it has watched over, sheltered, loved....
and been that stationary sentinel...
Your tree has been a guard as well, and has many stories to tell...
beautiful poem,Chris.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Jacob for that lovely review. Pleased my words reminded you of your maple. What beautiful .. read more
Our lifetimes are dwarfed by those of some trees. in this offering the poet speaks of a silver birch that has been around for all, or much of, her life. It has been there as a silent but faithful companion through good times and bad, "a friend in all ways truthful," and now she desires to pay it due tribute. It is well that she does so. Too soon we can lose appreciation for the things that have stood by us, sometimes not realizing their value until they are gone.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Each tree has significant value. Sadly too many do not appreciate that fact. Thank you John fir chec.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for two years now, content to be in the company of like minded souls who love poetry. There are many talented poets on this forum. Have been reading poetry most of my life,.. more..

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