Keep A Lid On It

Keep A Lid On It

A Poem by Chris Shaw

one day I too
may be confined in
this oak wood chest of
ancestral treasure

where the sepia
rests with dust motes
and old letters reveal
at times what we prefer
to conceal

i ponder on
items you may keep
of mine worth the
saving

perhaps the court orders
stamped and sealed
promises of a path ahead
for a settled future
for three entrusted
to our care

or maybe a collection
of my better poems will
find their way in notebooks
thumbed and dog eared
for perusal

though i sincerely hope
you do not feel that grief
that family ghosts bestow
on me when I open
the lid on yesterdays

to ride the waves
of loss rolling in to shore
on the back of memories









© 2023 Chris Shaw


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I used to have a little puss n boots treasure chest I bought from a hobby store. I really liked it, as I was into it. I can kind of relate to your content. Yup. I only dug in my treasure chest once in a blue moon. It's amazing how much stuff people stash.

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you for stopping by to leave your thoughts. Very much appreciated.

Chris



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A beautiful thought provoking poem. What do we wish to leave behind when we are gone? To those that love us? Something of hope and progression, to be better and inspire the same. To those that know us a smile we will bring. To sum up a single life lived is impossible for all us poets, but we try. For in the dust of our bones will come a sturdy earth where the path forward for those lost will be found. Love truly is all you need. CLE

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Carlos for sharing your thoughts. Pleased you enjoyed the read. All good wishes.
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I love how fine the thoughts and words fall into place when we reflect on our lives and what we will leave behind. This is so beautifully written, rife with beauty, hope, and sadness. Well penned.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Many thanks Linda for your supportive words. Know you are appreciated.

Chris
no questions ... just do it!

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Hello warrior Keith. Thanks for that supportive message. Hope all is good with you in your world. Pl.. read more
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keith

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this pressure we put upon ourselves to leav.. read more
oh, I wish you would do a book of poems...then there would definitely be a treasure left.
j.

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

You say such nice things J. I’ll get there my dear friend.

Chris
This one resonated with me because my wife and I are in the process of drawing up new wills and thus wondering what we will leave behind. I too wonder if anyone will value my poems after I'm gone. No way to tell, so I just write for the present and let the chips fall where they may.

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Pleased to hear this poem resonated with you John. Thank you and all the best.

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“grief on the back of memories” is great phrasing. Nice work.

Winston

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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Winston. Know you are appreciated. Have a great day.

Chris
Hi you should do a book
Definitely
Great write ✍️

Posted 1 Year Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Julie, thank you for your support. Pleased you stopped by. Have a great day.

Chris
Excellent Work again Chris - and this of course is why you need a Book ✨️✨️✨️✨️✨️

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Tony for all your encouragement. You are very much appreciated. Have a good Saturday.
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Your poetry, sitting beside a favourite framed picture of you, to be smiled at when family catch sight of you and smile is all the memory you need.
Oh and a nice vase full of freshly cut favourite flowers too.
They'll have more than memories with your writing. To be read and pondered of again, learning more each time.
I'd like my favourites to be laminated and left on buses and park benches. But only the sillies that make smiles 😊

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thanks Lorry. I especially liked the flowers. The smile was even better. Have a good Saturday.
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Dear Chris,

This poem is so beautiful in its touch and so moving. We all will be in someone's treasured chest of memories, some day, our most prized possessions, our legacy to them. But here's wishing you a very happy and healthy long long life. A hundred years and maybe more and we'll think about it later.

I loved this poem and it's message. Your muse is in such beautiful form. ❤

Posted 1 Year Ago


Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Dear Divya, your review warms me. Thank you so much for your kindness and support. Have a good Satur.. read more
DIVYA

1 Year Ago

You're so welcome!
too, dear Chris. Wishing you a great Saturday. 🙋‍♀️⚘

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Chris Shaw
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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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