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Shadows never leave me - response to the word challenge by Brenda Arledge

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various sites and portals in the internet.


The set of these three poems is inspired by the 'Word Prompt - Week 22' floated by our fellow hubber Brenda Arledge. Every week she gives us a word to test our creative writing skills and that definitely culminates in form of prose or poetry.

Shadows bring mixed feelings in our minds and it could be feeling of happiness or sadness depending upon one's experiences in one's life and an author or writer or composer will depict that feeling in the corresponding way trying to bring out those subtle emotions in black and white.

Shadows never leave me

Shadows never leave us and sometimes it could be painful also. They are part of us as they are created from our existence. If we are not comfortable with them then it becomes a situation of sadness and melancholy. This poem is an effort to present that extreme situation.

My shadows never leave me,
Even in the dark night.
I told them to come when the Sun rises,
But they wanted me always in sight.

I hate them, the evil projections,
I loath them, the devilish erections.
But they love me and cling to me,
They tell that I am their prized possession.

I do not have any privacy,
They are always with me.
I can't do anything of my choice,
As they always monitor me.

I can't get rid of them,
They have become my integral part.
I can't live with them,
They are deeply saddening my heart.

It is surprising to find that,
Shadows could be so powerful.
Haunting me round the day,
Making my life so miserable.

Shadows - Haiku

Shadows could also be signs of glory and majesty as in the case of mighty hills and I have tried to depict that in the following haiku poem.

The picturesque hills view,
Casting shadows below in the valleys,
Stand gloriously and tall.

Shadows - Acrostic poem

Shadows can be described in many ways and it is the authors imagination that decides and depicts it. I have tried to present it in the following way in an acrostic poem layout.

Soft and sharp images,
Hiding behind us.
All following thus,
Doing their best.
Only existing for the owner,
Without any remorse,
Simply sitting besides us.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Umesh Chandra Bhatt


Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 02, 2021:

Vidsagster, thanks for the nice words. Appreciate.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 02, 2021:

Good work Umesh. I enjoyed reading your poems. The comparision of good and bad shadows depending on our moods has been very well pictured. Thanks for sharing.

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Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 28, 2021:

Jodah, thanks for sparing time. Highly appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 28, 2021:

Flourish, thanks for the complement. I have read Poe's work quite extensively. Some shadows must be coming from there. He was a great writer, no doubt.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 28, 2021:

Nice work on these poems in response to Brenda's "shadows' challenge. I enjoyed them, Umesh.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 28, 2021:

The first one has a slight Edgar Allan Poe quality. I like its dark undertones.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 27, 2021:

Brenda, thanks for your elaborate review and words of encouragement. Highly appreciate.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 27, 2021:


In your poem, "Shadows never leave me" I can sense the feeling of being trapped.

How a shadow is nice to have around when you want them there, but a heartache to see every moment of the day.

Usually a person who isn't ready for a relationship feels this way.

He wants his own "me time" and the other shadows drive him mad.

He wants to enjoy peace without the shadow around him.

I'm reminded of the saying, "Be careful what you wish for."

In your haiku, "Shadows - Haiku", you paint a beautiful picture for us in the valley.

In your acrostic poem, "Shadows - Acrostic poem", you tell us there are both good and bad shadows in life.

They try their best to please you wanting to be part of your life.

They offer no remorse for being there beside you..they are there for the long haul and you willing accept it.


I'm not certain I am deciphering these poems the way you mean them, but these are the feelings I get when reading them.

Great write.

I will post this in the word prompt article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 27, 2021:

Philip, appreciate your comment and thanks for sparing time. Blessings.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 27, 2021:

Peggy, thanks for your visit and nice comment.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 27, 2021:

Chitrangada, thanks a lot for your encouragement.

Philip Agutu from Mombasa Island on July 27, 2021:

What a great poem! The message is very realistic and also crystal clear. I think life seems fairer when we accept what we can't change and live positively and optimistically.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2021:

These are three well-crafted poems using the subject of shadows.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2021:

Nice response to the word prompt, shadows. I liked your interpretation of the word, in your three poems. There are deeper thoughts, expressed in your well crafted poems.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 27, 2021:

MsDora, thanks for the visit and the nice comment. Appreciate.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 27, 2021:

I appreciate the different attitudes towards shadows. Each of the poems is expertly done. Good work!

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