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    A simple poem about a shadowy subject


    Shades of blacks, shades of grays

    Made up of shuttered light

    Shadows form in eerie ways

    And turn the daytime into night


    They creep across the landscape

    As the sun sets slowly in the west

    They create images on bedroom drapes

    Creating fear in children’s breasts


    They form silhouettes against whitened walls

    Never uttering a single sound

    They move silently down deserted halls  

    Like a mysterious devil’s hound


      They cover the moon on summer nights

    Like an impish game they play

    They create strange and scary sights

    Forming visions of judgment day


     They form an image of your presence

    That follows you to and fro

    Forming a strange and ghostly ambiance

    As in a painting by Henri Rousseau


    So on the next full moon be not afraid

    You may see the shadows on display

    And just before dawn they will dim and fade

    And give rise to a brand new day


    ©Copyright March 1, 2010-Charlie Gragg    

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    gogant commented on Shadows


    There is a song that this poem speaks of...."I'm being followed by a moon shadow".............the shadows, you give us here in black and white, are truly mystifying...............very well written..............g



    I thank you.

    earthly commented on Shadows


    Remember Peter Pan and his shadow? When my son was quite young he used to think he could catch his shadow-shadows can be glorious as well as eerie-all according to how they are seen...Earthly



    Thanks for reading and commenting

    ginga commented on Shadows


    Hampton, I admire the many sibilant sounds that are sprinkled throughout this shadowy poem. The way you framed each stanza with a mostly black and white word image photo is stupendous! Love it. ginga



    You are too kind. Thank you.

    jademelissa74 commented on Shadows


    What a well-crafted piece. The imagery is amazing Charlie...The detail that you give on each and every poem of yours are so vivid. Shadows..will make you trip over toys...happened to me just last week..I hurt my pinky toe :( Another beautiful, without a doubt WINNER!!! Thanks Charlie, for sharing a piece of you.



    My appreciation goes out to you for your faithful reading of my works.

    Rhymer commented on Shadows


    You must be inside my psyche, I hate the dark for the reasons you stated in this excellent write. I just posted a poem "My Healer" has to do with night frights. 10 from me and into my favs.



    Thank you. I will read My Healer.

    Poetry is what is lost in translation.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30