Darkness lifts


Shimmering, shimmering in the wind,
Like tassels hanging from the boughs of trees.
The drunken air, heavy with a mist of innocence,
Brushing away softly with a gentle breeze,
The sadness lingering in the heart of shadows.

Long ago did the darkness lift,
Taking with it the essence of living.

Beckoning, beckoning the memories from long ago,
The scarlet drops of pain glistening in the sun,
Lovingly merging the present and the past,
In an embrace fabricated for perpetual silence,
As the world quivered with a single silent sigh.

Long ago did the darkness lift,
All the Just chose to follow.

Sinking, sinking nonchalantly into the bowels of the earth,
The pungent fragrance permeating into the atmosphere
Songs of burden lie at the beak of song birds,
Lethargically lulling all life to sleep,
With the cacophony of dullness heavy in the air.

Long ago did the darkness lift,
The earthen beauty fell into an unbreakable sleep.

Forgetting, forgetting the future yet to come,
Was it an abandoned wish, or a memory lost?
The sands of space and time in disarray,
And chaos did let loose a white offering of peace,
Wrecking havoc in the form of tranquility.

Long ago did the darkness lift,
With it went all songs of Harmony.

Shivering, shivering in the rivers of belligerent strife,
The shadows mourn naked in the light,
Stripped of all but the shame they hold.
Without darkness, how can one know light?
Such is the tale the shadows believe.

Long ago did the darkness lift,
But the shadows stayed behind.

Longing, longing for necessity,
Screaming quietly for the triumph of truth,
But what is truth without lies to confirm them?
Where does one hide from a fiery sun?
What is good without a breath of evil?

Long ago did the darkness lift,
But with it so did the light…



28 thoughts on “Shadows”

  1. I bow before you, o’ great one! This poem shook me!!!
    Loved the style… the repetition of the 1st word in each verse.. fantastic!
    The imagery… frankly, I have no words to describe how I feel about it! REALLY!

    Here’s what I feel for this masterpiece of a poem:
    “Sinking, sinking into your words profound,
    In a trance am I, lurking around
    My eyes wide, as I gape at this,
    Hushing the voices rise in my mind,
    Lest I miss the unfathomed depths

    Long ago did the darkness lift,
    But you chose to honor it, and so did I.”

    Thank you for this excellent poem!!!!

    1. @Kavita You leave me overwhelmed with your reply, thank you so very much! The poem you wrote is brilliant. Thank you for your appreciation. I am glad you liked it.

      1. you have no idea how much I liked this poem.. I showed it to my husband too, and he too was awed by your work! You are just TOO GOOD !!! This ain’t flattery… am being dead honest to the deadpoet! πŸ™‚

  2. the deadpoet does it again,
    knitting words like a cuckoo bird,
    deeper the than the oceans blue,
    winning hearts of me and you!

    unfathomable emotions, in such little words,
    your poem has me overwhelmed,
    I wish to praise your masterpiece,
    but all words fall short, of how I feel!

    1. @Naveen Wow, I am speechless. Thank you so much for the poem you’ve written in your comment. I am glad you liked this piece. As for the pieces you don’t understand, let me know which ones, and if you want a little deeper insight into what I am trying to say in them. Thank you for visiting! πŸ™‚

      1. wats the fun in asking a poet to explain her words πŸ™‚
        A poem as abstract as yours…can mean a lot of different things to different people…readers should find the own interpretations πŸ˜›

        1. Haha, very true. I studied poetry from 9th to 12th, so I know what it feels like when an explanation kills one’s own imagination in a way. Then again, to get marks explanations were needed πŸ˜›

  3. “Without darkness, how can one know light?”

    I have always strongly believed in this.
    Let me tell you, you are getting better with each blog/poem.

    1. @Mansi I agree, that too has been something I strongly believe in, there is no light without darkness, no good without evil. Thank you for your appreciation, it is good to know that some improvement can be seen πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful photo Soman! You photographic fingers are definitely far from being dead.

    The poem on my blog titled ‘pre-ramble’ i’ve fixed up now and removed the annoying double line spacing, if you’d like to see it again.

    With regards to your poems I’d suggest you read more poetry by established poets (published by legitimate printing pressing like Penguin or Faber and Faber, for example). Also I may have already mentioned there’s a great book called On Writing written by Stephen King…which was a massive help to me πŸ˜‰

    Keep up the good work my friend πŸ˜€

    1. @philosopherpoet Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

      I do read poetry, but not modern poetry. I will check out that book by Stephen King. Thanks for the advice.

      I read your poem again, still left me speechless. Great piece you have there, and looks better without the double spacing. Keep writing!

  5. dear deadpoet,

    the tone of the poem is elegant and characteristic of a period. i am excited to read your poems as i remember in them the many great poets i have read before. i observe that the topics you are exploring have a parallelism to what i am writing currently. we must be soulmates, what you think?

    the very fiber of your poem here is like a jewelry to me- the lushness of your imagery and the fluidity of your poetry made me understand your great literary talent. keep on and i am looking forward to read more of your poems in the future.

    1. Thank you so much Marvin for your appreciation. My poetry can never match that of the great poets, but they have indeed been a great inspiration to me. Yes, we must be soulmates πŸ™‚

      You are too kind with your praise. I wish you all the best!

  6. Beautiful words as always, felt my heart break while I was reading this. I could honestly read this over a thousand times and that feeling remains. Thank you for the lovely writing!~

  7. Lady, this one is one of your finest works!
    Like a song, the chorus kept coming in; adding to its essence..

    Repeating the 1st word was very emphasizing what you wanted to tell.. Like I actually shivered reading this!!

    Mega Hugs n smiles

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