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  The Way of All Shadows
by Robin Ouzman Hislop
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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In Shadows.
 
i.

Shadows in the eye divide
where walls & doors & floors collide.

The hand´s grip, the flayed hide,
I do not know the driver´s cry
nor the donkey´s bray.
 
Our shouts mingle, the switch
& the hide are my burden.
Half the hand, half the hide,
who´s the beast that bridles the bride!
 
Day yokes a shadow,
a humped form flickers a fan fin,
a corona for the load. 

Quieter still, tethered shadows on the hill,
than the bray of the marketer.
 
ii.

The one who hides in a place of shadows is trapped.
The one who seeks there the hidden is lost.
 
The jester courts a screen to an audience unseen,
as though upon a stage shadows turned on every page.
 
No shadow is lost to the phantom in the glass.

Companion to your host, nameless shadow in your doom,
could I so command you, not to pass, when I pass,
would the world then fall apart, where I struggle & you slide
to glide between a sky shed thin as a skin.

Shadows fall to steal the hours,
fall to steal the face of flowers.
Sing shadow´s a slave,
drunk to the moon,
as silent they vanish, as silent they loom,
who speak more silent than the tomb.

In the gloaming the solitary reaper reaps its shadow:
on pathways in the heat of night's starlight
shadows grow to seem as if watery pools
floating glittering rims seized into blackness.
 
 
 


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Reviewed by Dale Clark
I love this piece, so masterful... just great!
Reviewed by Debashish Haar
Shadows make the language of their own, and a different world that also seems elusive and unexplored. A well written poem, Robin.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
SHADOWS...HIDE THE BEAUTY OF 'HIS' LIGHT...SO THAT WHAT SHOULD 'INSPIRE' US BECOMES DRAKNESS TO US BUT WHEN SHADOWS RECEDE WE APPRECIATE THAT WHAT WAS ONCE DARK IS NOW LIGHT. WELL WRITTEN AND THANKS FOR SHARING. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by richard cederberg
Unique and captivating
Reviewed by Lori Moore
The images and sound devices are both great.
Reviewed by jude forese
a well written montage of shadows in search of substance and direction ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Shadows fascinate, and your poem conjures up some most interesting images.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
wow-creepy and dark-well written
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
Excellent medley of Shadows! The Way of Shadows are in better condition than I've seen them the last decade...the long-running drought doesn't kill shadows. You get good water, you get good "grass" - you get good Sol movement, you get good shadows. (ii) is my favorite. These lines speaks volumes to me!

"The hand´s grip, the flayed hide"

"Half the hand, half the hide,

Who´s the beast that bridles the bride!"

I shall sock The Way of All Shadows aside to take care of a rainy day, Robin. Shadows are the substance of speculation. When they take their place, they are discreet. There certainly is no scandal where shadows are concerned, they take their place exploring streets and taverns, observing, listening, and anebriated at times, the alpha male tabby cat puttin' on the Ritz, a must-see shadow on the fencepost. It's good to see you posting. I've missed you. Be well you and Amparo...

Love,
Sage
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