Gazing the Shadow

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sometimes we wonder
about the shadows
 
the carelessness and
the whimsy of their reign
 
the way they cast a pall
of darkness yet move
 
so freely, appearing to dance
as they vibrate free of gravity’s
 
constraints, hardly tethered,
at all, to the plodding weight
 
of us, who birth the shadow long.
sometimes i want to free myself
 
of me, to freeze spacetime and
shed my contours, flatten and expand
 
as i lie down, right on top of my
shadow, no longer burdened with
 
the pulses and streams and biology
that catch in the light just so, and be
 
naked, and be with all that brilliant
sun without getting seared, and be
 
with the darkness without the fear,
and soak it up for holy reckoning
 
our shadows don’t need a chance
to play, but they do. may we dance
 
with our shadows, learn from their
lightness just how free we can be
 
when we enter the darkness
and truly learn how to see. – TS
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