A Losing Game

A Losing Game

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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(A tribute on the 10th anniversary of her death, Amy Winehouse)

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           somehow
.
it seems a tad distasteful
that raised wine glasses
       clink for amy
.
especially when her crusade
against alcohol addiction 
    became a lost cause
.
ten years gone while our
bluebird of happiness swings
    in its usual place
.
            suspended
from a central wooden beam
    over our summer deck
.
     in silent appreciation
as back to black plays its dark
              lament
.
     as lantern light flickers
honeysuckle vines shoot strands
        from beehive chaos
.
saluting the mistress of song's
        creative vowels
       in scented respect

© 2021 Chris Shaw


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Even years later we still pay tribute to a singer legend who unfortunately died of alcoholism…..we can’t think of what could have… a life cut short… we can conjecture what could have been but to no avail…..a very sad death, the some of us still lament.
Well done Chris
Best
B.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Betty. Such a huge talent. Too young to pass. Have a good weekend.

Chris
Betty Hermelee

1 Month Ago

You too! Hurricane to hit the NY area…luck to be in NC!



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dear Chris... I was raised in a Religion that kept Saturday as the Sabbath... and
I appreciate many venues to consider and have benefitted from many deep thoughts.
However, the religion was not Keen on Fiction to read or Music that they thought was too "Worldly".
Therefor, I was not familiar with many Songs and musicians. I am slowly through the years "catching up".
I once heard--- "It is not Wise to be so Heavenly "Bent"-- to be No Earthly Good" or something to that effect.
They definitely knew about the Force of Good-- and the Force of Evil-- which we can see even in this our day and age. I always learn from your Poetry. truly, Pat

Posted 22 Hours Ago


What a nice tribute. Sad to see any life wasted on alcohol. The only celebrity I've openly mourned was Jeff Healey when he succumbed to brain cancer. He struggled all of his life with blindness. After being given up for adoption he was almost one year old when he lost his sight due to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. The Canadian was a magnificent guitarist.

Posted 23 Hours Ago


Love this write, especially the last stanza. Awesome! as well as sad

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

Many thanks Kerra. Pleased you enjoyed the read.

Chris
There's something very haunting about watching a celebrity go down becuz it's all done under the vicious eye of the media & stage lights, etc. You've captured that haunting tone perfectly here (((HUGS)))

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

I agree, the death of such a talented but tragic young woman fighting her demons lingers. Shows how .. read more
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Gee
Such a sad loss of an incredibly talented lady.
A lovely tribute Christine :)
Hope you and yours are keeping well in Berks

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Talented and missed. She is up there with the greats. Unique voice. Many thanks Gee for calling on t.. read more
A sad story for such a beautiful soul. I loved that fist stanza a lot, it is so telling of how this world seems to work. A great tribute to a wonderful voice and beautiful woman.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Amy, tragic Amy. Left us a legacy of wonderful music, but also a hole in the heart. There could have.. read more
sometimes we just can`t get the monkey off our backs,great tribute

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Ron. She had a huge talent, but sadly couldn't deal with her demons. Appreciate you stoppi.. read more
 wordman

2 Weeks Ago

you know that seems to be the norm,a fear of the stage type stuff or afraid ppl won`t like them so t.. read more
Poignant tribute to such a distinctly unique woman.
Echoes of sadness and the fragrance of fine wine.

I'm glad I quit 30 years ago. I recognised the destructive path I was on.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Sharon. Addictions can be a real downfall. Too late for Amy but well done you for turning .. read more
Poignant, wistful, sweet ...
You have a gift for painting word-pictures, rich in feeling, Chris :)
Dylan

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for a very encouraging review Dylan. Pleased you stopped by.

Chris
Very disjointed very mystical take me deeper into the woods show me the magic places I would love it I won't be afraid because I will hold your hand

Posted 1 Month Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

Chris
LostSage

1 Month Ago

Have a superb day!

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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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