Sometimes These Shadows

Shadows walk with us, sometimes numerous
And often unnoticed, sometimes very clearly,
Sometimes barely visible, sometimes friendly,
Sometimes quite ominous, but always present

Sometimes these shadows come from the past,
Sometimes these shadows forebode the future,
Sometimes these shadows are merely our own,
Sometimes these shadows come from another

Shadows can haunt us and taunt our very souls,
And sometimes strike a cautionary note to us,
But oftentimes they come to call us to recollect
Something long forgotten, before we were born

Yes, the very Ages themselves cast long shadows
That walk with and talk to us, if we see and hear,
And they bespeak the imperfect story of humans,
And they bespeak the imperfect story of our own

Sometimes these shadows come from hell’s pit,
Sometimes these shadows come from heaven,
Sometimes these shadows invoke much terror,
Sometimes these shadows provoke much peace

But always these shadows in our shadow land;
Shadows walk with us . . . yes, ever the shadows


Note: I would like to dedicate this poem especially to my fellow-blogger and friend, Tony Single who, like all artisans (including yours truly), must be a bit of a shadow-walker. Blessings to one and all!

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7 thoughts on “Sometimes These Shadows

  1. Jonathan… Wow. Just. WOW. I think you’ve captured something of what we all go through through in life. It does at times feel as though life itself is one big shadow we have to pass through. And then there are the shadows that populate our minds. I really adore this one. Thank you. Seriously. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous piece. We always carry the pieces of our lives and experiences, thoughts, emotions etc with us. I enjoyed how you portrayed them as shadows. But what I liked was that not all shadows are bad or evil.

    1. You’re so right: Some of those shadows are very good and beneficial… Thank you so very much for reading and for you gracious comment. All the best to you w/peace, joy and happiness!

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