My Shadow

“And all my good is but vain hope of gain.
The day is past, and yet I saw no sun.
– Chidiock Tichborne (1558? – 1586),
English conspirator, executed in 1586


ever by me,
it trails like entrails
tracking me in fluid motion
as I wander in the moonlight;

my silent stalker
in the stillness of night;
misshapen figure
changing form as I move;

i cannot catch or clutch,
i cannot grasp or clasp,
i cannot beat or defeat;


i move into absolute darkness
where it melts (becoming one)
with the utter blackness,

swallowing me whole!

– between 
my shadow and me
are my shoes.

– between 
shadow and light
is matter.

(c) 2004 Chito L. Aguilar


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