The Shadows That Stay Here


I make dark out of the best sunlight.

I keep looking behind me when it is all alleys.

So please

make me forget.


Caring a little too much,

trying not hard enough,

this past brings me to life.


I am still bathing in

love when it felt like a goal.

I am still wondering how I got here,

I am so broken I cannot fix you

I can’t fix my own chaotic mess.


I have stooped to the level of

using autofill to write my own poems

how can I even call them mine

if the algorithm has taken me.


I thought maybe all the memories could carry me.

I thought if I looked inside you right now

I could find an ending.


Something pulls me to the edges of all your stars.

Something crashes me into life.

I can’t unstitch myself from this shadow

I am afraid it is the something.

I don’t want to be this human

but I am so afraid I don’t have a choice.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written 3/1/22

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My shadow

My shadow lives my life

Strong-minded with
Quite majestic in character and
Sophisticated in fashion
More spacious in capacity and
Efficient in activity
Rather than me and my life
Outgrow of its strength
Isolated me from my life
And seduced my properties  
To maintain its own identity
As if old enough in humanity
To throw me away in waste container  

My shadow that I throw in the earth
Stretched my body in full
Shearing my clothes from my body
With only the skinny left over
No one may recognize me
As my own identity
I tried to run away from my shadow
That chases me like a wild goose
I scanned the horizon of my life
Far beyond my limitation
And searched my identity
Inside me and my life
Not knowing my relation
If existed with my shadow
To name after

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Echo of a shadow

Echo of a shadow

By jfarrell


I am just the echo of a shadow;

Out of the night I jump at you,

Translucent, ghostly faces,

The mist caught by the moonlight.

The body that wore this face,

Long dead.


As the breeze moves amongst the leaves,

You hear my cries of joy,

Howls of frustration,

Cries of torment and agony.

The voice that sang my words,

Long silent.


Condemned a witch and sentenced to burn,

Here, where you stand,

I am long turned to dust

Part of the very ground beneath you.

My soul, that burns for revenge,

Still burns.


I am the echo of the shadow;

The shadow that dwells within your soul.

You are here because I call to you,

Blood of my blood, through the ages.

I surrender to you my witchcraft, my magic,

Now, go forth and unleash my vengeance.


Author's Notes/Comments: 

loved NIN's "copy of a copy"

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Don’t Look

Don’t Look

By JFarrell


Don’t look

You won’t, can’t see it;

What stalks you smiles, wide

It wants you to look


And fail.

You know it’s there

You feel its breath on your neck

You can hear its hunger.


Look ahead, straight forward

Look nowhere else;

Take the tiniest bit of your perception

And focus on the corner of your eye


You’re not looking

You’re not using your eyes

You’re just focussing….



You saw it, didn’t you?

The watcher from the deeps

The devourer of all

Your loving shadow.


Don’t look

Don’t waste time looking

It’s really time for you to…..



Author's Notes/Comments: 

it's behind you :)

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In Your Shadow

Verse 1:

Reality scares me to death.

I'm afraid to close my eyes.

Running out of places to hide.

I''ve become a ghost in your shadow.

In your shadow, I will pray for you.


Time won't stop or end.

We stand united, undivided.

Just be the light

and shine hope on

Those that need it.


Verse 2:
Where did we go wrong?

What have we left behind?

Where is God now?

In your shadow,

I will just be the light.



These days are out numbered.

Where do we go from here?

F.E.A.R - Face Everything and Rise Or

F.E.A.R - Fear Everything and Run.

In your shadow, I will pray for you.



T.H.I.N.K - True? Helpful (Hurtful)? Innovative? Necessary (Nice)? Kind?

We're running out of time.

In your shadow,

I will promise

To pray for you.


Author's Notes/Comments: 

After hearing of the election results in America last night, I am heartbroken, devastated, numb, etc. I don't know what to think. This song is dedicated to the Americans in this situation who are AGAINST a Trump presidency.

Living in Shadow





there are days when I feel happy


refreshingly unburdened

wishing I could always live

free from heavy emotions


there are days when I am not unhappy

yet not fully alive, too tired to embrace life

preferring to walk the cemetery grounds

comfort of quiet company as grave as I


too quiet

so serious

dressed in black

distracted by the existential

lover of gray clouds full of thunder

not a suicide risk, although sometimes

I don’t want to exist



discontented (dysphoric?)

embarrassed to feel broken

too aware of the world’s pain


always looking for the light, but

determined to find beauty in shadow

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*Shadow of You (2)*

Trisha M Barrek Hopkins
Dedicated to Tops my lil stray kitty from Tree Tops indoor/outdoor pool @ fernwood Hotel & Resort. I miss you frown emoticon

A shadow of you 
That's all I see 
I can see right through
You're still alive how can this be
This cant be true

You aren't dead
I can see you and feel your touch
Maybe it's all in my head 
Maybe it's because I miss you so much


My mind must be playing tricks on me 
I know I have to but I don't want to let go 
You're my kitty I don't want to set you free
It's the only right thing to do I know


But every time I see a shadow
I think it's you 
But turn around and no ones there
I miss your eyes 
That powerful glow
It's just not fair 


Everything I love it's taken away 
It' either hurt or stolen
And I have no say
Except that when you're not here
My heart is swollen 


A shadow of you 
Is all I have which makes me very sad 
One that is so close to my heart so true
To once have you as my pet makes me glad


I will never forget
The times when you ran to me
And on my lap you slept
Hope much I cared I hope you knew
You'll always be my favorite pet



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Sailstarred, Sandsifting, Seaweed Scripted Sea



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Sailstarred, shellshored, streamswelled
sandsifting, seaweedscripted sibilant Sea
secedes silently, softly

Shadowed shallows sheathing scallops,
sheltering seals, shielding scuttling snails,
shrouding sharks. Sands shifting secrete starfish,
scampering shrimp.

Serene Sea supports Spanish scows, Sicilian
skiffs, Senegalese schooners, Seychelles ships,
Sardinian sculls.


Saltsmelling sailors see soaring shrieking
seagulls, striped sunrise, shining sunset,
shshshing surf.


Sudden surprising storm’s symphonic sounds
slap shore shacks. Snows slip seaward, spring-subdued.
Soon sloop slides spiral sleep stairway.

 -saiom shriver-

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Monsters In The Dark

Now listen to what I have to say

For the wicked hide in the shadows of this day


You know nothing of what is of me

You may know the color of my eyes

But not of what they are capable to see


Now here, I've warned this upon you

For not every smile is ever true


Everything is not set in stone

You may say there is an answer

When nothing is completely known


Close your eyes, please understand

That what you may rely on is a blood-thirsty hand


Unknown of what they truly are

Watch think before you turn and talk

Someone so close to you can be so far


So remember before you go on and say

"But why would anyone do this to me anyway?"


Human nature can be full of evil and greed

Unwatched, A monster born within the shadows, full only of self pleasure and need.