When Words Bleed

When Words Bleed

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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Inspired

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not since those final words
in Chidiock Tichborne’s elegy
read so many moons ago
a traitor or a martyr
take your pick

penned prior to his youthful demise
have these eyes of mine
suffered so
a water well busted by a hit

let me tell you this
tears dripped unrestrained
a poem penetrated tissue
of resistant pain

words pierced chamber walls
to make their mark

a poem adrift from all others
writ
touched every fibre of a would
be poet’s heart



© 2023 Chris Shaw


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Chris,
I often what it is that makes a poet? The same things the likes of Freud told us make us who we are in toto. For me it was Wallace Stevens' Anecdote of the Jar" analyzed in my high school senior English class. A powerfully complex bunch of images revealing meaning in chaos, I had always been in love with poetry, but until I learned the names of all those literary elements that meant so much to me, I thought I was alone.
Vol

Posted 2 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Vol for your share. Anecdote of the Jar is not a poem I am familiar with, but you have per.. read more
A amazia poem dear Chris.
"a poem adrift from all others
writ
touched every fibre of a would
be poet’s heart"
I adored the above lines and I research Chidiock Tichborne. Thank you dear friend for sharing the amazing poetry and some history. I do adore history.
Coyote


Posted 2 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks for all your encouragement Coyote. I appreciate you.

Chris
Had never read it , just did. Wow! Yours is better, by far

Posted 2 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

Pleased you read the elegy DM. Thanks for stopping by.

Chris
Thank you for pointing me to
Chidiock Tichborne’s Poetry

Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

My pleasure Albee. Thank you for stopping by.

Chris
“Water well busted by a hit…”
Yes… I have felt such tears!

“a poem penetrated tissue
of resistant pain…”
Yes… I have felt such poems

“My glass is full, and now my glass is run,
And now I live, and now my life is done”
Yes…I feel my life such…


Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

So pleased you looked up his elegy Albee. A very memorable poem. Thank you for reading my work.
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Funny how artists be it writers, poets or musicians of great talents are cut short. Always written so well Chris and not only that you are still alive.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Andrew. Yes I am still here :)) I appreciate you.

Chris
I don't know Chidiock Tichborne or his works, but I do know the feeling, that gut-twisting, heart-wrenching silent scream of pain or agony as the tears flow freely from your eyes, the words bleeding as you reading something that hits you so hard the reaction it brings to your body is visceral. This reminded me of that. Thank you for sharing

Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much for stopping by to review. It’s well worth checking out Chidiock’s elegy. Writ.. read more
I am another who is not familiar with the works of Chidiock Tichborne, but seeing how his words have had such an impact and touched you so deeply, it makes me want to know more, see what it is that set him apart for you.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

His elegy, written shortly before his execution really impacted. He was such a talent. Writing those.. read more
All great hearts suffer when one from among their number is lost. Shelley wept for Keats, Mary wept for Percy. To lose a mentor is to lose more than a friend. It is the death of a noble honor. Some of the better poets died very young.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

You are so right Fabian. Some excellent poets were lost far too early. Many thanks for stopping by. .. read more

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Added on November 4, 2023
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Chris Shaw
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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