Thursday, May 21, 2015

DMC: "Shadow" by Margaret Simon


Shadow is a word that hushes,
hiding in your arms and legs
until you swing them out into the sunlight.

Shadow is word that clings
holding your skin in,
Sewn on by Wendy Darling
on a day when you’d rather not grow up.

Shadow is a word that fools you
making you tall and skinny.
They all do that stretching-out business
as a ballerina on the bar.

Shadow is a surreal word,
a fantasy walking with his father,
the sun, making us all believers.

© 2015 Margaret Simon. All rights reserved.

Nikki Grimes has challenged us to try a wordplay exercise this month and create our own free verse poems. Click HERE for all the details.

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  1. Margaret, this is well done. I love the third stanza--so true!

  2. I absolutely love the last two lines.

  3. The second stanza is my favorite, but overall, I love the sense of softness mixed with yearning. Thank you, Margaret.

  4. The change in tone throughout is nice in the way it ranges from thoughtful to amusing. I got a kick out of the third stanza. That one needs an illo!

  5. I really love the first stanza. Thanks for this one.

  6. The reference to Wendy Darling is a nice touch! Great poem.