Perfect Partner, My Shadow

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Perfect Partner, My Shadow

Lighthearted I dance,

lightly with spritely shadow.

Sunny June morning.

Perfect partner, my shadow…

always keeping pace with me.

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Afternoon transforms

my shadow and me…giants

taking giant steps.

Perfect partner, my shadow…

always keeping pace with me.

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CopyrightΒ© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia

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  1. I really enjoyed this poem. I tend to appreciate the simpler things in life more – like shadows – when they’re described so beautifully like this. Then I start to realise the wonder that can be found in something that I normally overlook everyday. I also enjoyed the consonance [Did I get that right?] in the phrase ‘lightly with spritely’.

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    1. Thank you so much, Simone, for your kind response. I am no expert on the terms used to describe poetry. Often more than one applies. I would have said “internal rhyme,” but of course it is not a rhyming poem. Anyway, glad you enjoyed reading. ❀ ❀ ❀ An outstanding weekend to you!

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    1. Thank you, JoAnna, for your thoughtful comment. ❀ We also enjoyed making shadow puppets when we were children. Sometimes the simple things like a cardboard box or bubble soap or shadow puppets result in more creative play than fancy toys. Have a fun weekend! πŸ™‚

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  2. A beautiful poem, and a beautiful topic Cheryl πŸ’–. The shadow is such an important piece in the beauty of life, and yet so forgotten always. Life without a shadow would be flat and two dimensional like those old Egyptian paintings. It is indeed the perfect partner!

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  3. True that shadow is the one which keeps pace with the individual. Holds hands like a friend. A great connection you have shown here with words of an individual and its shadow.

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    1. Thank you, Parneet, for your kind comment. ❀ I first read these lyrics as a teenager in our church hymn book. I have always liked them. I couldn't get the video to work, but there are several renditions on YouTubeyou might enjoy, πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

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