Shadowlands


Desert sands in deserted streets
Rippled by the winds of time
Shadowlands has an added treat
As the New Moon is sublime

Echoes fade as darkness falls
Edged by a brilliant blue
Bathing deserted streets and walls
In an electric cosmic hue

From silent alleys shadows appear
Of folk who decided to stay
Forgotten folk who applaud and cheer
The magic being brought this day

As one they laugh and dance and sing
Connected, together once more
The halo, corona, brilliant ring
Brings tears and rapturous applause

Within minutes the show comes to an end
Silence and dust settles all around
Strangers once again lose their friends
And their loneliness is found

Shadows leave those deserted streets
Crumbling bricks and dusty floors
With hopes of another miraculous treat
And the chance of opening doors

D Wallace Peach of Myths of the Mirror has provided the challenge to write something about the above image. I started writing, not knowing where I was going with this, but then it all seemed to come together. Shadowlands is a place within all of us, although not as apparent in some as it is in others. A simple smile can be like an eclipse to one of those ‘Shadow Folk’, just hoping to feel the magic of connection.

35 responses to “Shadowlands”

  1. D. Wallace Peach avatar

    Thanks so much for the wonderful poem, Tom. It’s got a dreamy magical quality, and the insight that you added at the end makes it even richer. I’m going to line it up to share. I’m so honored that you took up the prompt!

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Diana.
      I enjoy this type of challenge… pleased to have found your site! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. D. Wallace Peach avatar

        I’m glad you did too. 🙂

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  2. Sue Dreamwalker avatar

    Tom what an excellent poem.. and your image I imagine one of your wonderful creations perfection.. I also see since my last visit a new Theme..
    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday Tom. Take care 🙂

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Sue.
      The image is one from Pixabay that Diana, the lady who set the challenge, found and shared. It is a good one, though. I like it.
      I’ve not finished with the blog’s theme, so it may be different again the next time you visit – you know what I’m like! 😀
      Take care yourself, Sue – I hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday!

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  3. D. Wallace Peach avatar

    Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:

    A magical, dreamy poem from Tom. I hope you enjoy.

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  4. Priscilla Bettis avatar

    The magic of an eclipse, the darkness connecting us to each other as we view the rare event. Nice poem and nice response to Diana’s prompt!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      Thank you, Priscilla. I’m pleased you think so.

      Like

  5. cosistories avatar

    Such a lovely piece! I especially like these lines: “Strangers once again lose their friends
    And their loneliness is found.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Ah, thank you!
      I like the way those lines fell into place.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. cosistories avatar

        You’re welcome!

        It’s always an awesome feeling when lines fall into place like that. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Tom avatar

          It is indeed… far better when they do their usual trick of keeping themselves out of sight! 😀

          Liked by 1 person

          1. cosistories avatar
            1. Tom avatar

              😀 Pesky words! There should have been a ‘than’ in there, but it decided to hide, completely changing the reply. I think you got what I meant though!

              Liked by 1 person

  6. Hélène - Willow Poetry avatar
    Hélène – Willow Poetry

    a beautiful write Tom. I love your header, glad you did that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Hélène.
      I think I’m happy with this theme now, so it can stay for a while! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry avatar
        Hélène – Willow Poetry

        I like changing header and other things too. 😄

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Tom avatar

          It has to be done! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  7. anotetohuguette avatar

    I’m glad I stopped by, what a lovely poem, you managed to create so many layers and worlds…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      And thank you for calling by!
      I’m glad you liked it.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. H.R.R. Gorman avatar

    Nice poem! Captures the mood of the prompt picture well.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      Thank you for saying so! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Ethan Dale Eagar avatar

    Awesome job! I loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thank you, Ethan. I’m pleased that you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Jessica Bakkers avatar

    Wow, you have an excellent way with words! This is great.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Aw, thank you, Jessica.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Jackie avatar
    Jackie

    Well done! An interesting imagining of the city; inhabited, but each one isolated, until something like this brings them together.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thank you, Jackie. I wanted to emphasise the isolation, it looks like it worked!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. jenanita01 avatar

    Beautifully done!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Aw, thank you very much! 😀
      And thank you for the re-blog!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. prenin avatar

    An excellent poem Tom!!! 🙂 ❤

    Blessed Be!!! 🙂 ❤

    Prenin.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Prenin.

      Like

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