Saplings

Saplings

A Poem by Chris Shaw
"

(in awe of young carers, this one was 16)

"
consider Riley half grown 
who sports broad shoulders
matched by a strong resolve
.
who says his once peaceful home
was his own small sanctuary until
it became his daily entrapment
.
where he selflessly cares for
his blind and disabled mother
during tedious lockdown loneliness
.
not forgetting both his old grans
whom he runs errands for
though he dares not take the bus
.
preferring to walk as he fears
picking up the virus and passing it 
unknowingly to those he loves most
.
you do not hear him complain
he recognises there are other young
carers far worse off than he
.
a child with compassion is Riley
and other children like him
caring for members of family
.
in extraordinary circumstances
pause a moment to reflect on
unwavering devotion in hard times
.

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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I relished reading this. There are so many people trying their best not to catch the virus for the sake of their loved ones. I find it relatable in a way. I've been taking care of my grandmother this whole time. With my parents still going to work in this pandemic, it has become quite difficult for everyone to avoid the virus; because who knows where it may be?

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your review. Well done you, for taking care of your grandmother in challenging times. .. read more



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I relished reading this. There are so many people trying their best not to catch the virus for the sake of their loved ones. I find it relatable in a way. I've been taking care of my grandmother this whole time. With my parents still going to work in this pandemic, it has become quite difficult for everyone to avoid the virus; because who knows where it may be?

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your review. Well done you, for taking care of your grandmother in challenging times. .. read more
Enjoying catching up on your writing
For this one I'll simply say
I get it
And ta for sharing it

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Abd I will say ta for your visit. Much appreciated.

Chris
All of us must do more. Riley is being a good person. We need more of them in our world. Thank you dear Chris for sharing the wonderful words and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

A truly inspirational young man is Riley. Had to put him in a poem. Thank you Coyote for reading and.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

I live in a good place. We check on the handicap people. I try to stop by the people who cannot wal.. read more
Selfless acts are worthy of praise and applause especially from the youngsters who are influenced and influencing as they grow in wisdom and experience. I can a special person in Riley and in your words of praise. An excellent tribute.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks Sami for your lovely review. Riley I heard on local radio. I was in awe of him. Had to p.. read more
Sami Khalil

3 Months Ago

All wonderful. You are welcome...
The use of saplings is a very interesting metaphor for young (er) people. Such lovely imagery depicting simple and humble actions.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Joanne. You are appreciated.

Chris
I love him... but surely he does not lack for love I just wrote about the merits of peach pits and here you are writing about saplings:) I cant wait to hear about all of the fine things that sapling will sprout we need more sprouts like that one in this world they are a treasure

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Ah the saplings will grow into fine trees. I have high hopes for them. Thank you Bunny for checking .. read more
This compassion is the real glow in this very trying time! When human values are degrading day by day, then a caring compassionate heart can establish faith on life. A real tribute to a real hero... Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dreamer Sima

3 Months Ago

Yes, I am doing good, was very busy for some days... So took a break. Hope you are fine and healthy... read more
Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

We have had our second vaccines. We consider ourselves so very fortunate when vaccines are in short .. read more
Dreamer Sima

3 Months Ago

I fear that as well.... Let's pray for the better days...
This is an amazing person, completely selfless as you mention, and someone who is kind and caring, not thinking of himself in these harsh conditions, but his blind mother and his grandparents; making sure he does not contaminate himself, for fear of spreading disease to them; very cautious, strong and capable.
A prince of a man! Thanks for sharing Chris,
Truly,B


Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

He deserves some recognition Betty. A fine example for his peers and others. Many thank yous for che.. read more
What a beautiful tribute to Riley. It is so nice to hear about a young person who is so caring for those so much older than himself. You obviously are very proud of him.
Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Listened to him on the radio Dave, he is deserving of some praise. Many thanks for your visit. Keep .. read more
Riley is a carer in real life ?
How awesome a poem this is
Loved it
His selfless unwavering duty to his loved ones a sacrifice only he will realise when he’s old enough to miss his youth

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Julie, a tribute to Riley. What an awesome sixteen tear old he is. Heard him talking on the r.. read more
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

3 Months Ago

Great
Of course I didn’t hear it here in oz but there’s many young carers worldwide <.. read more

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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