Study in Shading

Identity and love, two
dancing shadows, flickering
on dim-lit walls, sliding
unexpectedly from view.

Bright light reduces them
beyond perception, darkness joins
with, extinguishes their forms.

Shadows circling, loved and lover,
selves shifting to the changing hours …

Colossus in the morning moves
to Lilliput past noon
til love strikes midnight and we wear
each other’s shadows.

In some hellish half-light
the infinitely precious other
revealed as smoke and looking glass
parodic self-distortion
of the shadowcaster.

(circa 1993)

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