Exposure

Exposure

A Poem by Chris Shaw

storm's marauding afterlife
leaves eyes of sunrise squinting
.
brooding cloud formations
hang in black curtain heaviness
.
lined with a sliver of silver hem
gleaming with uncertain promise
.
hurled through rough salty waters
from ocean's dark disturbed bed
.
tossed in a surge of soapy foam
angriest of roller-coasters ride in
.
fossils flung far in shifting swell
beached upon dampened sand
.
naked on soft islands surrounded
by wet glistening shingle sharps
.
ammonites bellemnites picked
by fingers clinging to jurassic finds
.

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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"good grief Charlie Brown!" ... unbelievably in this age to know that where I live, the Ozark Mountains, use to be under the great sea! It is not difficult to find crustaceans of old embedded along most any rocky pathway. the beautiful and terrible mix Mother Nature shows us many times is moving to me ... your imaging with contrasts and movement are actually quite emotive says i! not to mention the subtle sensuality woven into the metaphor .. this is a "voice" for you isn't it?! i love it! i think the asterisks between each couplet are like gleaming stars ... i think of shiny things of the oceans depths and stars to be gleaned from a lover's bed. a fine piece says i! so glad not to have missed it Chris!
E.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

an interesting intersection of Science and nature as relate to your ammonites and belemnites is the .. read more
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Now I am just going to have to look that one up Mr E. to find out more. That does sound interesting... read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

its pretty amazing what he found ;)



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Hey Chris!

Having just woken up, it took me a while to catch on to the style and strategy of the poem-- no articles, no "I's"-- I can dig it. I read it several times on repeat, and each time I could appreciate and applaud what you've done. Even better, I learned a few new science words. Best of all, I found a belemnite on Etsy for only $2,280!! So what if I'll have to eat cat food for three months? No one's gonna accuse this guy of being an uncultured dummy. Thanks, Chris!!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hi Seth, thanks for the visit. That's a great deal of dosh you have parted with to get yourself a be.. read more
I particularly enjoyed the closing.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Ya know. I could sort of take that two ways :)) That's OK with me and I'm gonna thank you anyway for.. read more
I love storms and finding fossils. A very atmospheric poem... Excuse the pun. The "oceans dark disturbed bed" I found particularly evoking. Well done.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Firebird for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Pleased you visited.

Ch.. read more
What an intense read and a great depiction of Mother Natures no so nice side.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks for stopping by Dale. Much appreciated.

Chris
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Though I've never been to the UK this poem gives me the vibe of a rainy coast and the beautiful treasures within it.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you JC. The Dorset coastline. (Jurassic period) Beautiful, not always rainy and great for foss.. read more
I feel lucky after reading such amazing and strong words.......your imagination is super amazing.
will love to read more from you!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Yashi, I am delighted you visited. Feel free to peruse my back catalogue. I have posted well over 50.. read more
Yashi

2 Months Ago

Sure! I'll love to explore your writings
Once again, Chris, absolutely transported by the imagery and so enjoying the experience.
gleaming with uncertain promise
So fantastically clever. So thoughtful too to have considered the entire journey of the storm, giving character to each part.
Thank you, and best wishes,
Laura.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Laura, thank you so much for your thoughts. You are appreciated.

Chris
I love those last lines a lot. This was a very active poem with sloshing and sudsing and gleaming and marauding. Its extremely organic and darkly satisfying. Great piece!!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Crowley. Good to see you. Really appreciate you stopping by. All good wishes.

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Your imagery of storms ravage is clear and strong, and the aftermath of finding crustaceans, like a Jurassic discovery ….still though uncertain promise that all will be okay….perhaps a metaphor for all to be okay in a relationship, but no promises……very clever and a lovely write Chris😊
Yours tru,y,
B.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thank yous dear Betty for stopping by. Your thoughts always appreciated.

Chris
your presentation is most unique with use of dots or periods thus giving subtle direction(s)
and of course i have appreciation for lower case
how amazing it is for a single element to have so many reactions
good write

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you kindly ABG for your thoughts. They are appreciated.

Chris

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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