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A Shadow On My Heart

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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Photo by Ono Kosuki from Pexels

A Shadow On My Heart

The city’s like a ghost town

As I walk the streets alone.

Most doors are closed and lights are dim,

As I pause to check my phone.


The mask I wear, obligatory,

It hampers every breath.

A sacrifice I have to make

To decrease the risk of death.


The deeply sombre atmosphere

Cuts through me like a knife.

The vibrant city I once knew

Now seems devoid of life.


Image by Frauke Riether from Pixabay

Image by Frauke Riether from Pixabay

People fear to venture out,

Not risk being exposed.

The silent killer in our midst

Some think a threat supposed.


For months it has lurked unopposed,

No end is yet in sight.

Vaccines may bring this terror down

But we’re in for a long fight.


The cold bare stone walls that I pass

Cry out in deep despair,

And throw a shadow on my heart

That may never be repaired.

Image by Syaibatul Hamdi from Pixabay

Image by Syaibatul Hamdi from Pixabay

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