No Room For Manoeuvre

No Room For Manoeuvre

A Poem by Chris Shaw

look at the righteous
standing in a flood of glory
haloes polished to dazzling 
perfection

even their reflection
in still waters requires shades
to dim the blaze of bright light
blinding in brilliance

they own the monopoly
on what's right you know
their way is always best
never a doubt never a niggle

never wriggle room for
an alternative point of view
or consideration there's merit
in what the rest of us think
yet alone do

rock solid can't be moved
stuck in the groove of a straight
jacket strangling
squeezing

every ounce of breath
no quick death here
long and drawn out
retribution they say
make them pay

make them beg for mercy
for indiscretions 
of the past make them pay
there is only one way
to live

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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Dear Chris, we live in a messy world.
"make them beg for mercy
for indiscretions
of the past make them pay
there is only one way
to live"
Once I thought I had nothing and I met people who had less. Water and food was a great blessing to them. In a world of so many dying from starvation. Forgotten in the messy world of war and the wealthy. I enjoyed the poem. You made the reader ponder and think. I pray the bad people will pay somewhere. Thank you for sharing your amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris. I hope you are enjoying the days of July.
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

We have just had a family holiday, so are well rested and looking forward to hotter weather. Hope yo.. read more
neurostar burns

3 Weeks Ago

A waking poem, a lifetime of "learning".
Now to move on and out of the thought rut. Commiser.. read more



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While the whole poem is great, I really like the first two stanzas. Who are righteous? Who decides this? The righteous themselves! They have a monopoly on righteousness. Great concepts.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks adornoscousin for stopping by. Your reviews and time are most appreciated. All good wish.. read more
religion and politics
you can argue all day
and get nowhere
both moot subjects
none of us are perfect
but yeah I' have run
into some that think
their shyt don't stink
no matter how rich
or poor or race wise
they come from all walks
of life so you can't really
pinpoint to one certain
group at least IMO
but those people are
self centered and so
condescending
This is such a good
write up about those
who have such
attitudes..




Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks Fran Marie. You've met them too it seems :) Never prepared to listen let understand another p.. read more
  Fran Marie

2 Months Ago

you're so welcome
Dear Chris, we live in a messy world.
"make them beg for mercy
for indiscretions
of the past make them pay
there is only one way
to live"
Once I thought I had nothing and I met people who had less. Water and food was a great blessing to them. In a world of so many dying from starvation. Forgotten in the messy world of war and the wealthy. I enjoyed the poem. You made the reader ponder and think. I pray the bad people will pay somewhere. Thank you for sharing your amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris. I hope you are enjoying the days of July.
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

We have just had a family holiday, so are well rested and looking forward to hotter weather. Hope yo.. read more
neurostar burns

3 Weeks Ago

A waking poem, a lifetime of "learning".
Now to move on and out of the thought rut. Commiser.. read more
That poem makes me think of conservative religion. I use to be what you might call an "evangelical". I'm thankful for the journey that brought me out of that. Still working on what I do believe

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Pleased you changed direction to something which suits you bett.. read more
Sounds like a description of the woke folk. They think in absolutes, cannot perceive the color gray. They also think pendulums only swing one way. They will be totally clueless when that backswing comes for them.

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Roll on the backswing, it's coming. Yes, they are too short sighted to appeciate the physics in pend.. read more
I loved the poem Chris. It makes me think differently about manoeuvre

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you dear butterfly. I akways welcome your visits. Keep flying and safe with it.

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Yes, there are people who are extremely judgemental to others, who won't budge an inch, let alone be merciful. The down trodden must beg, pay for a life, while the top of the line looks down upon them...and makes others suffer to the end, a slow, painful death. Don't look back on the righteous, because they are wrong.
well done Chris,
Best, B

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you dear Betty for your thoughtful review and your continued support of my musings. So thankfu.. read more
I feel like we all have the right for our beliefs without imposing, we have the right to agree to disagree without forcing, we have the right to lead, follow or not at all without attacking or warring. No one is perfect except the Almighty of course and I know He does not expect us to be so. Religion was revealed to worship the One and Only Deity, have a companionship with Him, know ourselves, apply the golden rule and so forth... Man falls short and we all do. Good to know ones self and our limitations.
An excellent poem and much needed Chris...

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

It is the imposing, the forcing I have a problem with dear Sami. Everyone is entitled to their own o.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

I totally agree. Pleasure to see you. Always welcome.
Oh dear....I have seen so many born again Christians treat their fellowman like a******s.
They don't practice what they preach and they look down on those souls they feel are damned because
they don't join some imaginary group of godsmacked individuals with a herd mentality that if
they consider themselves above the rest, they will still be on that pedestal when their lives end.
not so fast, ye all!

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Ah! You have met them too in your travels J. Yes the born again are always worse aren't they? Thank .. read more
Well young Lady... they DO have a way with "guilting" don't they?

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

You don't expect me to answer that do you :)) Thanks for stopping by.

Chris
Chris

2 Months Ago

Chuckling here... sigh.

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Chris Shaw

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