Moon Shadows

Human toils and tides
Hardships and bellows
Follows us like the moon

You can see him over there - - -

Sitting on your shoulder
And his shadow
Grows longer still

But then a heart stops! - - -

You just thought
You had more time
You can’t go on no further

Hard luck strikes ~
This is it!
It’s over!

There is no more ~
And then …
By some miracle, a reprieve

While you recover
Your body becomes slow and weighted down
in trying out the living again

Like freedom forgotten
Escaping is your only thought
Becomes paramount

No staggering steps here
No unwashed hair
No night pj’s to spare

Yes, I’m up
I’m dressed
Take me somewhere
Anywhere

How about a big steak?
That should really help, right?
Protein for healing, right?
That will help me feel alive again

It’s no one’s fault
Except maybe the moon’s

Take me to a place of my forgotten memories
Where conversations are free
Where people get to see each other
Where people shake your hand and ask how you are?

Where people take time to live
A little extra easy
In all that living they do so well

Yes, you can take me there~

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I am a beginning author, writer and poet exploring the worlds of poetry, nature and photography. I love to capture ordinary moments and reflect upon our natural world and its intersection with our daily life. In 2006, I co-founded the Shadowleaves Company and started my blog, Shadowleaves. In 2015, I started a local writer’s group in Bella Vista, AR, Village Lake Writers & Poets, sponsored by The Artist Retreat Center and Bella Vista Public Library. Our mission is to share the joy of writing and the importance of writing and telling stories for all ages by connecting with each other.

Joan Roberts
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