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Shadows in the Dark-Can You See?

Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about nature and different aspects of life in the form of poetic verses.

Shadows in the dark-Can you see?

Shadows in the dark-Can you see?

Sometimes people are like shadows. They are there sometimes, but then you cannot find them when you need them the most.

You think you can count on them, and when you need them to stand by your side, they simply disappear. They are like shadows disappearing with the sun just as the night arrives and the day is done.

This poem is in response to the word prompt provided by Brenda Arledge in "Word Prompts Help Creativity - Week 22."

Brenda Arledge is a talented poet who inspires us to write with her word prompts. You can read her wonderful poems here in HubPages. Thank you, Brenda, for inspiring me to write.

Shadows in the dark

Can you see your shadow in the dark

Cloaked in black hiding within you

Coming out to play with the sun

Hiding in the dark when the day is done

An empty space where the light does not reach

The dark hiding the light engulfing me

Shadow, you know not who I really am

You change as you please even as I stand

Playing with the rays of the sun

Have the games just begun

Hide and seek I do not want to play

I know when the sun shines

You will go your way

I know it will not matter to you

Even when I really need you

You choose to disappear with the sun

Hiding in the dark when the day is done


© 2021 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 03, 2021:

Thank you for your visit and comments Linda. Shadows in the dark open up many lines of thought and inspire the writer.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 02, 2021:

This is an interesting and thought-provoking poem. Thank you for sharing it, Nithya.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 30, 2021:

Vellur, you're welcome.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

Thank you for your visit and comments Miebakagh. I agree, one good turn deserves another in return.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

Thank you Lora for your appreciation. I hope your sisters emerge from the shadows to be there for you, to love and support you. Take care, my friend.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

Thank you Vidya. We know who our true friends are only in times of difficulty.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

Yes, Meibakagh shadows come and go with the sun you can never rely on people who are like shadows. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 30, 2021:

I wholly agree to that. They're not real or genuine friends in the first place. Glad they go. When disaster, catastrophe, or any little calamities strikes the host(in the form of a better benefit), they run! Good for them.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 30, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's word prompt, Nithya. I liked your comparison of friends who desert us when we need them the most to shadows that disappear in the dark. Good work.

Lora Hollings on July 30, 2021:

I loved your poem about shadows, Nithya. I have sisters who are like shadows.They aren’t there when you really need them. It’s as if they disappear into the night or with the sun. Very nice job with this metaphor. People outside my own family have been more reliable than those in my family. Sad but true. You did an excellent job with this prompt.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 29, 2021:

I had experienced that. It normally fulfil the sayying:one good turn deserves another. I like your poem.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 29, 2021:

Thank you, FlourishAnyway. That is true sometimes people we hardly know come to help us.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 29, 2021:

Thank you Mark.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 29, 2021:

Love the shadow analogy, too.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 28, 2021:

That I agree to.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 28, 2021:

I like the comparison of people to shadows. Especially during tough times, you really learn who your friends are. People you thought were true friends disappear while others you hardly know come to your side and help. Your poem was thought-provoking.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

You are so right Kalpana but there are times when you need friends to be with you. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Yes, Miebakagh, shadows hold a lot of mystery.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, for your visit and comments.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada for your visit and comments and yes some people vanish when their purpose is served just like shadows.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Yes, Mary shadows are there sometimes like the friends who disappear when you need their help and support.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, Gypsy for your wonderful comments.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, John, for your visit and comments. There are a few who will be with you during tough times and we are lucky if we have such people who care for us.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, for your visit and comments. Shadows can lead to wonderful poems.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. You never know whether you can rely on such people. Thank you for posting the link.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 27, 2021:

Thank you, Dora, for your visit and comments and yes there are many reasons.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 27, 2021:

I think that under the surface, there are great insights about people seemingly hiding from themselves, and there can be several different reasons. So may mind games in poetry! Good work.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 27, 2021:

Nithya

In your poem, "Shadows in the dark" you show us that some people cannot even see their own shadows.

They come out to play & have fun.

Then leave us standing all alone.

They don't really know us or take the time to care.

It doesn't matter to them if we need a friend.

Nithya...this is a great poem.

Sadly there are people who play games with our lives...they become a shadow.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2021:

This is a very good poem, Nithya. It is a good response to Brenda's prompt. Shadows make for a enjoyable poem, and you accomplished that.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 27, 2021:

An excellent piece of writing, Nithya. Yes, many people are like shadows, they come and go and aren’t around when you need them.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 27, 2021:

A very moving and passionate write, Nice rhythm here.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2021:

There is depth in your poetry around shadows-sometimes there and sometimes not.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2021:

Nice response to the word prompt, shadows! I liked your interpretation of the word!

Yes, there are some people, who disappear, when their purpose is served!

Well expressed poem! Thank you for sharing!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2021:

Your poem is very thoughtful and makes one think.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 27, 2021:

Shawdows are very mysterious. Thanks.

Kalpana Iyer from India on July 27, 2021:

Sometimes the best person to depend on is yourself. We all learn this the hard way. Beautifully written!

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