Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Two Shadows


I saw two shadows walking
Yet I was there alone -
Two shadows softly drifting
As I walked on my own.

Two shadows in the sunlight
Two shadows there with me -
As I turned round to see them
One mine, the other he.

But he was not there with me
Not there, not by my side,
Yet still two shadows lingered
Though long ago he died.

I saw two shadows walking
Upon that lovely day –
I saw one softly drifting
Then slowly fade away.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Topic(s): deaths


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  • Rookie - 315 Points Juan Olivarez (5/5/2014 1:57:00 PM)

    Your words bring chills to me. Such beauty you describe. Our hope is to one day be with those shades that fade from our conscienes and understanding. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,417 Points Roseann Shawiak (4/7/2014 6:19:00 PM)

    Heart touching poem, gentle sadness touching me
    from the shadows of another dimension. Always
    able to show love through the reflection of a
    shadow walking alongside you. Wonderful poem.
    I too, have written of shadows in different contexts.
    Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,429 Points Amitava Sur (4/3/2014 9:14:00 AM)

    A lovely imagery being penned. May be earthily he, your love is not there, but in the shadows (in another world) he is very well belonging with you and will always remain with you.... heartfelt (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,310 Points Patricia Grantham (3/31/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    A comfort in a shadow is our way of getting through our grief.
    No matter the the time of day or whatever the reason we find
    solace in these shadows. Very comforting. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,550 Points Lyn Paul (3/29/2014 6:51:00 PM)

    Your words have been expressed so beautifully Valerie. David is always with you A shadow to not fear and to know he is still near. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 88 Points Ruth Walters (3/24/2014 1:30:00 PM)

    I love this poem...I've written a few poems about shadows myself but never about the spirit world.... I believe they all 'walk beside us' if only we pause to think about them as they live on inside our minds, our memories....lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points * Sunprincess * (3/19/2014 4:50:00 PM)

    ......so beautiful val, and beautifully written from the heart....I feel he is there watching over you...loved this poem (Report) Reply

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