Shadows By: Samuel James

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A piece about our relationship with our shadows.

Submitted: December 22, 2014

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Submitted: December 22, 2014

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Shadows

 

Shadows do things they probably shouldn’t. They dance in pale porcelain classrooms while students pay attention to more pressing matters.

Shadows have no heart, no beat, no mind, no sense of rhythm yet they dance, they fly and they play unabashedly paying no particular attention to the fact that they shouldn’t be able to be free. 

 

They are merely attached to our feet along for the ride incapable of originality they have to rely on nature’s release. By the warm embrace of golden rays coaxing the shadows to come and play. By the mysterious touch of pale moonlight piercing the dark, velvet night alluring our shadows to come out and be free. By the crackle of the fire with low glow calls to be mad, feral and wild to crawl out and wake up the sleeping grass.

 

Shadows imitate our actions yet do not have our thoughts. Shadows follow us as we stumble, trip and traverse our way through life and watch us make mistake after mistake. Shadows do not have our large, cumbersome brain that chains us and frees us. Shadows simply play and laugh while we suffer.

Shadows do things they probably shouldn’t. Shadows never feel our pain for they escape when clouds form in the sky. Shadows’ innocence and freedom remain untouched from all harsh weather while we have to deal with the rain and thunder. Shadows do not have to deal with the consequences of their actions for their touch means nothing. Shadows never hold onto any real thought, fleeting and light they are not stained with our ideas of pain, love, responsibility, or morals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadows do need to learn how to be themselves for they for they have nothing to drag them down except our heels. 


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