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


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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

1 Week 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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easy enough to find flaws with the old human bean, at least with this one you can turn it off or just walk away

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

You are so right. We are all flawed but some people don't see their own and set themselves up as a m.. read more
What a true reflection on judgemental people and their way of pointing things... I really liked the verse" Even their reflection in still water requires shades... ".it requires an iron nerve to stand on someone's own ground sometimes. But you know when you are right you get that strength from within... It just shakes, can't move. I really enjoyed this write.... Really strong

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you dear Sima. Pleased you enjoyed the read. I certainly enjoy your responses. Take care.
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I have a difficult time and very few patience for self centered righteous people who think their way is the only correct way. It drives me bonkers and cuss mentally and sometimes outwardly

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Can't say I disagree with you PB. Some drive you nuts with their holier than thou attitude. Thanks f.. read more
Poetic Beauty

2 Months Ago

I see it as we all sun and no one is perfect. Don’t pretend or act to be better than someone else .. read more
So many with opinions these days, I say follow your heart and the way God may be leading you. I for one am no person to judge another as I'm still struggling on my own winding road ;-] Love your words, see it brings out all these thoughts in me ;-]

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Weeping willow for sharing your thoughts. You are appreciated.

Chris
It’s all rather ironic in a politically correct world that politicians carry on still in a very opinionated mode. Nicely written as always Chris.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

How right you are Andrew. Thanks for checking in. All the best.

Chris
Hello, Christine! :)
This does bring politicians to mind. I like my congressman, but the rest are just hot air to me. I guess people enjoy the hot air though, otherwise the politicians wouldn't be outgassing. Haha

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Mattavelli. Yes, these are people who too often condemn people for their behaviour without.. read more
Ah, those who start every sente ce with "Well, I just think..." then continuing to prove they don't and are just making noise to fill the vaccous silence between their ears. It's always those with the least to say that say it so loudly in the hope people will notice their awesomeness, which is usually nowhere to be seen.
Must be a tragically sad life to pretend review yourself and still not agree, but at least it proves that you can indeed start a fight in an empty house, and they often do 😊



Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lorry

2 Months Ago

Yes it was. Only came across it as it was taken on this day 20q8 and my laptop now deems that import.. read more
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Ha, fingers crossed, the list is growing :)
Lorry

2 Months Ago

Or perhaps multiple personality disorder! 😊

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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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