Shadow play #poetry #poems

A sonnet for you

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My Life as a Shadow

Most people would say I’m a saddo
If I told the truth of my employ
Because hitched to your feet as a shadow
Is hardly what sane people call joy.


I follow you wherever you wander
A shape that is the absence of light
I am never given the time to wonder
If the winding path you’re on is quite right.
In sunshine my presence weighs heavily
A dark stain that’s impossible to hide
But in moonlight, I fade. You can never be
Sure if I’m behind you or by your side.
You will miss me when I’m gone my friend
For without your shadow you’ve reached your end.

This is promoted by Jane Dougherty’s challenge here.

Use the Munch painting, ‘Moonlight’ as your inspiration. And the following words: winding – moonlight – follow – heavily – path

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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19 Responses to Shadow play #poetry #poems

  1. Ritu says:

    A brilliant sonnet Geoffles!
    Your shadow is the one thing with you no matter what… it may hide. But it’s still there! !!

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  2. Delightful, Geoff. Yes, I think I’ll keep my shadow… and only look at it at the time of day when it’s taller and slimmer. 😀 Mega hugs.

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  3. blondeusk says:

    LOVE this! Good work!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Now that really is creepy. The idea of the shadow as a separate entity gives me the shivers.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. fireflyby says:

    I love this! What a wonderful, imaginative idea!

    ff

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  6. This is brilliant. (I’ve always loved that painting, too.) Beautiful (or creepy) thought that, in moonlight, you never know if it’s behind you or walking next to you.

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  7. Sacha Black says:

    Amazing, that line, ‘A shape that is the absence of light’ is stunning. bravo geoffle

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  8. Ali Isaac says:

    Lovely Geoff! Well done! The dark stain that’s impossible to hide hints at more than just ones shadow… very menacing.

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  9. Pingback: Poetry challenge Moonlight: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

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