Albatrosses and Heavyweights

Albatrosses and Heavyweights

A Poem by Chris Shaw
"

(don't tell me you've never had any)

"
can you forgive
your own failures
and own those albatrosses
that hang round your neck
as a reminder of past  cringes?

can you look them
straight in the eye
without a trace of hesitation
without hiding behind
that furrowed brow
sending tramlines across
your forehead?

instead of running
in the opposite direction
can you remain rooted
can you accept responsibility
for the part you played?

can you embrace your faults
with arms open wide
casting aside all delays
square up to them 
shoulder to shoulder
stand tall?

instead of condemning others
old friends, lovers, family
anyone at all
for the small part they may
have played
can you willingly say

it's a new day
this is the way forward
hands on heart
a fresh beginning

accept you could have 
fared better, expose yourself
unclothe yourself to the eyes 
of others and ask for their
understanding

WELL CAN YOU?

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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Ah, the age-old question that has led me, and others, to religion or the psychologist's couch. With the former one accepts that it was their fault, with the latter, they may be told that it was never their fault, it was one parent or the other. --- Having said all that, I liked the phrasing and the hint at taking control, in question form. --- Well done, Chris.

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Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks for checking this one out Falcon. Your visits always welcome and appreciated.

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Ah, the age-old question that has led me, and others, to religion or the psychologist's couch. With the former one accepts that it was their fault, with the latter, they may be told that it was never their fault, it was one parent or the other. --- Having said all that, I liked the phrasing and the hint at taking control, in question form. --- Well done, Chris.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks for checking this one out Falcon. Your visits always welcome and appreciated.

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It is interesting this was next down your list that I was to read after having a long conversation about this very thing yesterday with my hairdresser, we have deep conversations when it takes three hours for a good cut and color ;) but we do wear them, these heavy birds, but they get lighter and when they do- giving and receiving forgiveness becomes easier but such a shame if we come to an end before we do, so it’s important to starve that bird and lighten the load as soon as possible, life is short, a cliché that is never overused. Great writing and advice poetically!

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Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you dear Patricia for digging in the archives. So kind of you. Hope your hair turned out the w.. read more
Patricia

4 Months Ago

You're welcome Chris and yes, my hair came out lovely. I have a wonderful hair dresser and she is so.. read more
A searching poem indeed. Our faults more then our virtues make us who we are. More is learned in defeat then in victory.
Nicely written.

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Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you so much for the read and the wisdom in your response.

Chris
M. J. Smith

4 Months Ago

You're welcome, Ma'am.
Hi Chris, now this is indeed a heartfelt write. The answer to your question, yes, I can. I always blame myself first for anything that goes wrong in my life. It has ever been this way. This has been a most interesting write. It poses many questions in my mind and the answer always comes down to yes. Have a wonderful monday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you for another read Mike. So pleased to find you calling on and appreciating my efforts. All .. read more
shadrach hah

6 Months Ago

You are always welcome, Chris. I enjoy the reads. Have a wonderful Monday. Hugs always....Mike.
Such an intriguing as well as interesting read here. Who really knows.
I just see the world as myself I guess, which is probably the wrong thing to do.
Perhaps I need to look in a mirror more and examine the little cracks in my life.


Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thanks Kerra, for stopping by to read. All good wishes.

Chris
Um.....Er........Ahhh......I dunno!!!
Wish U hadn't asked!!!

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Ha. What an honest response Dave. Thanjs fir checking in. Have a great weekend.

Chris
An interesting and heartfelt delve into all our Pasts Chris. Now I have studied Reiki, I understand so much more about group dynamics, and how the herd will turn on its perceived weakest members, particularly amongst groups of young people. The answer is, to use a Soccer analogy, to play all your Matches in front of your own Crowd, if I can put it like that. Also, History is for the Winners to rewrite - the Winners do indeed write the Books.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you Tony, for that encouraging revuew. Your thoughts are appreciated. Have a great Sunday my f.. read more
Yes, I can! and that's my problem! :) I pretty much always blame myself, not others, for past stuff. In my case, it might actually be healthier to blame others more, haha.
If Cringing were an Olympic Sport, I'd be a medalist. Cringes hit me like stray bullets, frequently.
I've learned to live side-by-side with them and, thankfully, function pretty well for the aggravation :)
..."tramlines across your forehead." ! Wow! If Remarkable Snippets were an Olympic sport, you'd be a medalist too Chris!
Bravo!!!


Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

So we are both Olympic winners. You for cringing and me for remarkable snippets. I also accept blame.. read more
Uhm, I'm afraid I can't.
If I could - and I'm kind of considering the possibility almost daily - I might not write any more. That, I admit, is a kind of fear I have. It's all very messy...
The question the poem asks is very-very important. It also suggests the answer, the right course of action.
For many, I'm sure, it's like a bolt of lightning that hits them saying, "It is possible!"

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

You carry a heavy burden if you can't forgive yourself for actions in the past. However if you think.. read more
In that moment we do right by ourselves and if anyone opposes that we immediately go into defensive mode. But over time and as we grow older we realise our mistakes and eventually own up to our mistakes and failures. I've never blamed anyone for my mistakes I've always judged myself harshly.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment. I too am my worse critic :)

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♔ CrownedDevil ☾

7 Months Ago

Anytime :) We all are our own worst critic and enemy haha!

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