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Poem: Shadows of Ancient Moonlight

the moon plays interesting tricks

casting shadows that are lighter

than their midday counterparts

cast by the heat of the sun burning

into harsh shapes clearly defined

versus the cool soft shadows

of high moon in the evening

where we dance they dance

beside us as silent partners

in this lunatic moment perhaps

we are reading the shadows

correctly; forever can draw

a circle
connecting right now

to our ancestors who danced

under the same moonlighting

and our featureless shadows

reflect not us but our past

made present in a direct line

to what was and what is

and what is yet to to be

as the world turns we turn

with it in an unbroken cycle

A response to Sanaa’s prompt over at dVerse to use derivatives in a poem. I used the phrase “perhaps we are reading the shadow wrong; forever cannot draw a circle” from Winter Moon, changing wrong to correctly and cannot to can.

Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.


17 thoughts on “Poem: Shadows of Ancient Moonlight

  1. This is absolutely stunning! Especially love; “forever can draw a circle connecting right now to our ancestors who danced under the same moonlighting.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. 💝💝

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  2. T.,
    The moon’s shadows and ours and the mythic resonances connecting to the past and ancestral ties weave that circle, a circle of timelessness in time, in your poetry. Beautiful.

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