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  A Shadow In The Night
by Mr. Ed
Friday, July 23, 2010
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“Think occasionally,

Of all the suffering,

You spare yourself,

The sight of.”


Albert Schweitzer




I got a call from a police officer

About a dog, dumped in the park

A frightened, starving, all alone, soul

Who will only show herself, after dark


The first time that I saw her, my heart broke

She’s been on her own, an awfully long time

Another victim of cruelty, abuse, and neglect

Yet most today, don’t even see this as a crime


Several people have tried to catch this night shadow

But she races off in terror, from every human being

So many cast-a-ways, are now so wary of mankind

Some say, she’s been out here all alone, since spring


We’ve decided that we’ll now attempt to trap her

Trapping was the only way I caught my little Jack

We’ve been leaving food for her, in the same spot

Hoping that this tiny, terrified shadow will be back


It took me quite some time, to trap our now very happy Little Jack

But once I did, he learned to trust again, with compassion and love

I hope we’re as fortunate, with this waif that we’re calling ‘Shadow’

I pray that she lets us help her; we could use a little help from Above


And, I just learned about another night shadow,

Another forgotten dog, on the other side of town;

Today, in our society of apathy, neglect, and abuse,

There are far too many of these night shadows around.


“Think occasionally,

Of all the suffering,

You spare yourself,

The sight of.”




©2010, Mr. Ed

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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 8/1/2010

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/26/2010
to teach little Jack to trust again is an achievement we all have to adore. It shows that terror has gone. Your writes have a great sense of Compassion, Ed.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/25/2010
the work you do is so important, timely write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/24/2010
Why do people have to be so cruel? So sad!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

I pray someone can help all the "Night Shadows" of the animal kingdom!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/24/2010
I hope shadow senses the kindness offered. Patrick
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/23/2010
Thanks Ed, the music and the poem made me cry...God, I wish I could take in one of those little ones...its killing me that I cannot right now, but the time will come when I can again, I hope...Ed
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/23/2010
Yes, Ed, there are far too many of these 'night shadows' and each one of them is a witness at our trial. Your great heart overflows with kindness.
In admiration,

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/23/2010
Very well said and you deserve a huge pat on the back for all your humane work with animals.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/23/2010

What a compassionate man you are. In my case, I keep finding cats homeless and alone.
But, any living doesn't deserve abuse or neglect. I don't understand. How can people be so cruel. Thankfully, there are people like you.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/23/2010
Ed, keep on doing what you do, you are a saint! My heart cries for these poor creatures..
Peace, love and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/23/2010
Soooo sad, Ed ... I pray you find that Shadow and show her the love she deserves. :( Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/23/2010
If only we had more doers of compassionate souls as yourself Ed!
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/23/2010
Ed, so many times when I read your work, I am amazed at your kindness and compassion. I sometimes think of you as a modern day St. Francis of Assisi!
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/23/2010
good luck, i hope Shadow allows you to help
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/23/2010
Your poem is full of Grace~
The situation is overwhelming, so thank you for your outstretched hand ~
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/23/2010
A hands on man with heart to boot, while millions don't give a hoot.
If a child was set out in the wild like that, surely the cops would find the culprit, why is it that an innocent animal does not receive the same treatment. Our value system is surely screwed up, stewards my ass, except for you, and a few other angels, bless ya Ed!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/23/2010
My God! You never cease to amaze me, Ed! You are the kindest heart I've ever known!!! Thank God for souls like yours!


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