Images Altered

Images Altered

A Poem by Chris Shaw

skyscape shows smokey greys
vistas awash in a sea of blandness

lights blend into darker hues
shades of insipid seen in between

craggy summits surrounded by
uninhabitable shapes of land mass

ridges rise tall standing proud
in their whispered beauty

ascending to a never ending story
yet the wind plays its soft music

it tickles edges with gentle breath
it stirs at hems of mist filled lakes

barely noticeable are altered states
so slowly does movement occur

mountain ranges become curves
height disappears, plateaus appear

as wind taps with is own baton and 
conducts a lively symphony

as pace quickens out scuttles
cloud revealing a clear cobalt sky

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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I tried to pick my favorite line, but I just can't! All of it is written so beautifully. Your work is so, so inspiring and paints so many pictures and takes you so many places. I did very much enjoy the line about lighter hues mixing with darker hues. It paints such a wonderful picture in your mind, truly breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Chris Shaw

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Colacat, you are far too kind. Thank you so much. Your words here offer so much encouragement, espec.. read more
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It’s my pleasure! I’ve been in quite a writing rut as well. Perhaps it’s universal! We’ll ge.. read more



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I tried to pick my favorite line, but I just can't! All of it is written so beautifully. Your work is so, so inspiring and paints so many pictures and takes you so many places. I did very much enjoy the line about lighter hues mixing with darker hues. It paints such a wonderful picture in your mind, truly breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Days Ago

Colacat, you are far too kind. Thank you so much. Your words here offer so much encouragement, espec.. read more
Colacat

2 Days Ago

It’s my pleasure! I’ve been in quite a writing rut as well. Perhaps it’s universal! We’ll ge.. read more
I can well imagine that this describes what the men who turned away from civilization saw in the mountains and why they loved the unspoiled wilderness of the North America of the 1700s - 1860s. They did not have your ability to express, but they had your heart, eye and desire for nature on the grand scale. Your description took me back to an earlier day on the Red Lodge Road of Montana where one can still wind through the peaks above the clouds. Superb imagery Chris. Sights and sounds made alive!

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Chris Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Watercress for your encouraging review. Pleased I was able to activate your memory to the .. read more
Watercress

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And yours, dear Lady, and I am just one of your very many followers who appreciate and benefit from.. read more
Chris Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much :)
Reminded me of the land my grandmother owned... was often lost in it on those Sundays she didn't allow us to watch television, outside was all we had. I would stare down from a tree or what felt like a mountain to me back then, and wonder... how it all got there. Superb piece, thank you.

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

I used to play out alot as a child too Travis. Always in the fresh air. My grandma said it was good .. read more
It's not a poem, it's a painting!! You are so prolific in describing the various aspect of sky and its altered images... So beautiful to even read it. As if I was experiencing it myself.... You created a bliss in this writing

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Sima, you always leave such encouraging and uplifting reviews. Thank you dear poet.
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Reading this gave me a nostalgic feeling during the time I was reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. You wrote your words like an artist who was about to paint a landscape on a blank pale canvas, with both being passionate and artistic on one's work.

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much DaisyinNeptune for checking in and leaving such a lovely review. You are appreciat.. read more
reminds me of when I was in the UK and exploring the Lakes district - it was terribly wet when I was there. Climbed Hevellan (is that how to spell that) what a treat that was, to scramble up up up into the clouds. It was very cold. Loved walking along the ridge in the fog and mist. Nice visuals Chris :D XXX

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

The Lake District is exceptionally beautiful, although it attracts much inclement weather. The rolli.. read more
Ah, love that last line about Cobalt blue, you paint quite an image with you words.

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Kerra. I appreciate the visit.

Chris
https://youtu.be/r0EMrJTgqgM
:) ... ahh the wind! well done .. you capture its fickle heart and power .. like whispers .. I have been to the Rockies from British Columbia to New Mexico ... tho the majesty of the high peaks capped in white are magnificent .. I found a greater love in those old and worn down with wind and time. Thank you for the optimistic closing .. i love a good suspense that has one ... peace dear sister!! you be well and stay safe .. thanks for sharing always your well thought and creative poetry ....
I keep trying to sign my E. and send a heart; but the site is acting up again ... no hearts .. no smiley faces ... its on a rampage .. i am convinced it is that nasty little grey box with the x in that does it.... errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for the link. Ah Hendrix, takes me back to my youth. Seems so long ago now. You ar.. read more
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Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

I always enjoy reading your stuff my friend .. right here at the Cafe'
That poem is the finest poem I ever read
I hope you will write more poems

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Aldo, wow. Pleased you liked my poem so much. Thank you very much.

Chris
you just time traveled in 20 lines:) that's a pretty good trick! I love the imagery you placed in this one Chris as well as the inquisitive nature within the couplets

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thanks Bunny for your kind review. All the best from this side of the pond.

Chris

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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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