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I watch my shadow dance

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bsquirrel
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0 posted 08-11-2003 12:31 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for bsquirrel

I watch my shadow dance,
and I immediately have to ask
where did he learn
to move the light?

He displaces distance,
his silhouette off every surface,
moving with a practiced grace
unknown to my limbs.

He wraps himself in others' shadows --
arm to arm,
leg to leg,
(head to head and feet to feet) --
I never see him sweat.

He sways, but doesn't fall.
He cuts dark felt into the screen.
He grows heads tall or strobes in stasis.
Light swallows him whole.

His rhythm cradles the beat.
Measured, calm, determined.
He doesn't sit this one out.
He just won't stop dancing.
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1 posted 08-11-2003 12:36 PM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

Ah, the dancing shadow.  I remember being so fascinated by my shadow when I was a child, but stupid "growing up" ruined it all for me.  Now I hardly pay attention at all, except when I'm walking home at night between streetlights and it does that neat little thing where there are three shadows and they slowly merge as I walk away from the lights.  Isn't that cool?

Anyways, cool poetry, Mike... thanks for sharing with us.  If there's some deeper meaning you had that I forgot to probe for, just whap me or something.

Parasite

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
~~~Emily Dickinson

bsquirrel
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2 posted 08-11-2003 12:57 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Nope, no deeper meanings here. Just a shallow club night poem.
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3 posted 08-17-2003 02:41 AM       View Profile for majnu   Email majnu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for majnu

boy, why are you crying?


nice bit.

-majnu
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4 posted 08-18-2003 07:04 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

I cry because tears make nice poems.

Actually, no, I'm not crying at all.

.m.
 
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