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Shadow Per Brenda’s 22nd Prompt

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Overview

Brenda Arledge has given us a new prompt, ‘shadow’, which is number 22. We have the option of writing a poem, story or song. I personally found this word difficult to come up with a good response. My muse was not working!

I tried to write an acrostic poem, but I didn’t like the result. Finally, I started writing a poem about some thoughts on shadows versus sunshine and comparing them to our walk through life.

The unique thing about poetry is that it is a different way to express yourself. I try to express a deeper meaning, and I don’t always succeed. I do hope you enjoy this poem.

Tim McGraw - Humble And Kind

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Shadow or Sunshine

When we’re humble we aren’t vane

Love your neighbor it's so plain

The sun will shine for us to see

A shadow of the one in front of me


Live your life with no regrets

Living and loving is no sweat

Put one foot in front of the other

Treat each one like a brother

We see no shadow with the rain

We often focus on our own pain

The shadow is not where to walk

Act now, do not be just all talk


Walking through your long life

Try to live it without any strife

Enjoy the sun's golden rays

Shining on you all your days

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Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2021:

Hi Doris,

I have started writing some poems in response to Brenda's prompt, and I have enjoyed it. It is good to see you.

I am glad you liked the poem and I appreciate your comments.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 25, 2021:

Hi, Pamela. I didn't know you wrote poetry, too. I really like this one. I don't get around on HP much anymore so it was a very nice read. Shadows can mean so many things to people.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2021:

Hi Lora,

You are right about the meaning behind the poem and those lines spell it out. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lora Hollings on July 23, 2021:

Your poem is an excellent response to the word prompt, shadow. I love the lines, "The shadow is not where to walk, act now do not be just all talk." Your poem seems to be saying don't let shadows fool us or lead us astray, but instead walk in the light where we can fully see and understand. Really nice job with this prompt, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I think your comments are so tue. I am glad you enjoyed the poetry and the quotes.

Your comments are appreciated, as always. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2021:

I enjoyed your selected quote and your take on "shadows" as reflected in your poetry. Our thoughts certainly do reverberate throughout our existence and create the type of person we are.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Your comments are very much appreciated. I am glad you like the message.

Our lived have surely changed with the pandemic. I think that may be the part in the shadow. I like the sunshine!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I love that song also. It was harder to chose the other song to fit the poem's message. That Buddha quote is wonderful with such a powerful message.

Unfortunately, no one can go through life without a bit of sadness.

I'm glad you liked the poem, Brenda. I appreciate all of your comments.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I'm really glad you liked the message of the poem.

I appreciate your comments. Have a lovely weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Olusegun,

I love that quote also. Thank you so much for commenting.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 23, 2021:

I love the quote from Buddha in this article...

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 23, 2021:

Pamela, I love your positive approach to this topic. A beautiful message from a beautiful person, full of sunshine.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 23, 2021:

Pamela

I love that video by "Tim McGraw ~ Be Humble and Kind "

In your poem, "Shadow or Sunshine" you tell us we should walk our lives in the sunshine with no regrets.

That we should be humble & treat the shadow image in front of us good for he is our neighbor.

There will be moments of sadness raining down upon us, but we should choose to walk in the sunshine.

You end your work with a very wise quote:

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

Buddha

Another great write.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

For such a short poem, it took quite a while. I am glad you like the result and the you liked the quotes.

I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 23, 2021:

Hi Pamela you are popular and sharing your poetry tells me you are courageous. I enjoyed reading and the message is perfect. Our lives have changed so much more and reading your poem is a pleasure.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

The sound very good, Miebakagh.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I am glad you liked the poem, along with the message. I love the Buddha quote too.

Thank you for your nice comments, my friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2021:

Yours are words of wisdom in your poetry. I also liked the quotes you chose to feature. Your muse kicked in and worked wonders!

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 23, 2021:

Great response to Brenda's word prompt, Pamela. I loved the message in it. Especially the line 'Act now and do not just talk'. The Buddha quote is apt. Thanks for sharing.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 23, 2021:

Yes, I'm on it having a nice time with the family. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

I hope you enjoyed your weekend too, Miebakagh.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I'm glad you like my message. Enjoy your sunshine!

I appreciate your comments, my friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 23, 2021:

Pamela O, you're welcome. Enjoy the weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2021:

I love your life's message here, my friend. I believe I will choose to walk in the sunshine today. :) Happy Weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I did keep this poem very simple. I'm glad you like it.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 23, 2021:

Pamela O, your poem is very simple. I like it. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

Again, you make me blush. You are so sweet! I am glad you find this to be a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you so much for your nice comments.

manatita44 from london on July 23, 2021:

You're becoming 'hot' Pamela, but with the fire of beauty, the lustre of the moon.

I see you have great potential in your rhyme. Sweet!!

A most wonderful response to Brenda's promt!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you liked my response to Brenda's prompt. I really like the Buddha quote too.

Thank you so much for your comments. Stay safe and healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Ms Dora,

I am glad you like the poem and you see my point, even though the poem is short.

I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful weekend, Dora.

Rosina S Khan on July 23, 2021:

Very lovely poetry. I think you did justice to Brenda's current word prompt, "Shadow". Loved it all. As John said, Buddha's quote is remarkable. I loved it too.

Thank you, Pamela, for such a charming contribution.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 23, 2021:

My favorite line is: "We see no shadow with the rain." Amazing how little, short poetic lines bring out these little truths which otherwise escape our attention. God job, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you like my response to Brenda's prompt. It took me a lot of thinking to come up with any response t all.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

Nice response to the word prompt, Shadows! I liked your interpretation of this word, with reference to Sunshine!

Wise words and deeper meaning-- Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

Hi John,

I really like that quote by Buddha also. I'm glad you liked the poem.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good weekend!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 23, 2021:

Pamela, I love your poem as well as the quote by Buddha. Very good.

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