On A Westerly There Fly I

On A Westerly There Fly I

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Today in the UK it is Mothering Sunday. This poem is dedicated to my mum, and the many like her. Only one designated visitor allowed for a visit in the near future. How cruel is that for family?)

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so far away mum
so far away
where the screeching of seagulls
can be heard in the bay

pick up the phone mum
pick up the phone
i know you are there mum
sitting alone

your back to the window
in your comfy blue chair
with our photos beside you
and your hazel eyed stare
that faces the wall mum
where a framed landscape shows
the Babbacombe Downs mum
in a soft autumn glow

but still you don't answer
and my smile's out of sorts
it's turned upside down mum
i'll keep the call short
if only you'll answer
though my fear speaks to me
your memory is fading
you can't find a key

if i phone you back later
there's no telling then
and i haven't a clue mum
when i'll see you again
your care home's a fortress
while covid a curse
and the killer exposed now 
can only get worse

each time that i call you
it turns to dismay
but i'll never give up mum
that's all i can say

© 2021 Christine Anne Shaw


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Really nice flow to this poem, I liked the words of setting (seagulls, Babbacombe Downs) and the sounds, your use of rhyme, but most of all the emotion we feel, of you trying to reach your Mum. I can really relate, as mine has been in an independent living place where visitors were denied for almost a year -- now it's changed and opened up thankfully.

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you Sherri for another thoughtful review. Much appreciated.

Chris



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Really nice flow to this poem, I liked the words of setting (seagulls, Babbacombe Downs) and the sounds, your use of rhyme, but most of all the emotion we feel, of you trying to reach your Mum. I can really relate, as mine has been in an independent living place where visitors were denied for almost a year -- now it's changed and opened up thankfully.

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you Sherri for another thoughtful review. Much appreciated.

Chris
So many peoples lives forevermore will be changed. Very challenging times.

Big Hug, Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

You are so right Arthur. We are living in very challenging times. So very difficult for elderly rela.. read more
It is rewarding to read of one who loves and gives proper value to a parent or elder. In my country and culture this is not the case for most elders.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for your visit Watercress. It saddens me to hear that elders in your country and c.. read more
Oh my goodness, incredibly moving. You choked me up. Love the repetition, the rhymes, the visuals, the meter. It flowed for me perfectly. Beautiful job. I'm so sorry about your mum.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for your visit and lovely review. Really appreciated.

Chris
PamiAnde

2 Weeks Ago

Absolutely!
What you wrote here is exceptionally true, and from seeing another reply, I'm ecstatic your mother has had the vaccine, that's heartwarming news! Thank you for still continuing to write beautiful, emotional pieces like these during such hard times. You always write everything with such beauty and nostalgia with a power that makes you feel like you're truly there, standing in front of that comfy blue chair, and I have to say 'soft autumn glow' is perfect. I hope you and your loved ones are staying not only safe and healthy, but happy during these times.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you dear Colacat. All is well here and I very much hope the same for you and those you hold de.. read more
A very poignant poem I can truly empathize with you. It's heart breaking to keep calling your mum and not receive an answer. It's very worrisome and can be panicky. You're still wondering if she has received her Covid vaccine, which, I hear in Britain, is not going along so well. I love the rhyme and the compassionate words. It shows the love and concern you have for her.
Best, Betty

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Betty. It has been difficult for so many. Fortunately mum has had the vaccine. The roll ou.. read more
Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago


Oh, then you're doing better than us in America
Good for you!!! Be safe, Betty
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Beautifully expressed as so many are going through trying times. I feel the heart of your words for your Mum as I have missed mine since 1980 when she passed away I fell apart. Lovely write.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

At least I still have her, even though she's not fully aware of what's going on now. I know I will m.. read more
This covid thing has taken a terrible toll on us in so many ways, and it can't go away soon enough. My heart aches for you and your mum.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Sam, so many people are in the same position and when I see them cry on tv, I cry with the.. read more
Yea...there is a longing and desperation here but also defiance to not give in. For me at least, the last line reframes the whole poem.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thank yous for checking in. All the best.

Chris
I feel for you and your condition. Humans do what they can to extend life but I ask we stealing too much love and connection to pay for it. I hope you see your mum and soon.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Pryde. I appreciate your visit and thoughts.

Chris

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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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