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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I felt like I was there with you dear Chris, after the storm, looking for treasures.... Something I just love to do.
Rained heavily here today but now it is sunny....and we are in June... Oh those poor vacationers... not been great here the past two weeks...
We of course love it... Rain...means not as much watering...
Lisa, shoulder better

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lisasview

1 Year Ago

Good morning dear Chris,
7:15 here and I am already on the computer with a nice Cappuccino n.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Have a wonderful day Lisa.
Lisasview

1 Year Ago

Thank you,
Lisa



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I feel lucky after reading such amazing and strong words.......your imagination is super amazing.
will love to read more from you!

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

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

3 Years 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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years 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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years 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.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years 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

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

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

Chris
"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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

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

3 Years 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

3 Years Ago

its pretty amazing what he found ;)
wow this is stunning, brilliant poetry.. Love your descriptions and the passion within the storm. What an wow of an ending..very well done..


Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Dear Sue, many thanks for your very encouraging review. Pleased you enjoyed this poem.

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My first thought was that this poem captures the mood of a storm very well. It made me think of an essay by Sandra Cisneros titled, "Straw into Gold" which is about how an artist turns everyday occurrences into works of art.
Then, I thought about the figurative/symbolic meaning of a storm, and how it can "expose" what we'd been hiding in the depths of our psyche.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Dear Laz, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes storms can churn up all sorts of st.. read more
Exquisite... this is the only word to describe the beautiful imagery, wordplay, and poetic flow of your writing. I was reminded of this quote 'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.' - Albert Einstein

Bless you my friend :-)

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Thank you Phill :)
Wonderful descriptive nature poetry. Just what I like. With that extra dash of beautiful topping taken from a Jurrasic coastline I know well of old. And a further dash of Mary Anning dare I say?

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Thank you Ken. Yes, Mary Anning, born in Lyme Regis. Not far from where this scene took place.Please.. read more
Ken Simm.

3 Years Ago

And that is to the good.
Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Thank you:)

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Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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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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