SHADOWS (2020)

Shadow, bring me home

Shadow, show me I’m not alone

Shadow, bring me home

And we’ll never be alone

 

Hello darling, said the shadow

Who said that? She asked in moonlight

 

It is I, the shadow of the one you love

He sleeps far from you now

But I, being a shadow at night

Am free to roam

 

She lay amazed and began 

To feel her own shadow

 

It grew full of warmth,

Filled with an essence like herbs 

Brewing in a pot on top of

Some ancestor’s oven

 

You see, said the shadow,

There are many worlds 

Happening at once

And you are here for but a moment

Whereas I am constant, 

For I am absence

 

I have known your shadow

Since the very first moon

Whispered to the very first 

Mushroom

 

She smiled, and they all

Bloomed in the moonlight

 

 

//

 

 

The wrecked ship, the long trek 

The plans abandoned, the polished deck

The train derailed, the last ship sailed

Casey Jones in the belly of the whale

 

 

//

 

 

I am always standing between

My shadow and the sun

Such sweet communion 

When the day is done

 

The kin of my light

The shadows that surround me

The forms beyond us

Constantly resounding

 

The shadow of mortality

One day seen by the child 

With the bleeding knee

 

The shadow of fear

Hidden in the palm

Of the swinging fist

 

The shadow of love

In the form of a dove

Mourning, ever mourning

Until it fades in flight

Back into the sun

 

 

//

 

 

Now I know that she’s here

I’m bound to listen real,

Glisten darling

My sisters tell me so

 

I’m bound to grow with you

And I’m bound to love you

You are the part of me

I see shining through

 

Now she is in my world

I’m gonna show such 

Love to the girl

My sisters understand

 

I’m bound to hold your hand

There’s such truth within you

You are the part of me

I see shining through

 

Shadow, bring me home

Shadow, show me I’m not alone

Shadow, bring me home

And we’ll never be alone

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