Shadow of a Man; and the irony

The Shadow

A shadow of a man ’twas said

Is he that falls from grace

“One always fixes his own bed”

A daily retirement place

A retreat to one’s burrow

In refuge drawn as such

Where oft’ a mans sorrow

Can not be found as much

A place to retrench

(A hallow retreat)

Where even a bench

Rests weary and weak

Then after night falls

And howls replace jeers

Solace soon calls

And the shadow disappears

It blends in the dark

Incognito at best

And waits for the hark

Of the solemn quest

By dawn again the shadow’s seen

Slowly with the light

Drawn darker with a focused beam

For a harder, easy fight

And even when there’s more than one

- Each beam will cast its own -

Perception's apt to always shun

Letting shadow left alone

But the shadow can of course endow

Ironically the score

What do we see when heads we bow

Towards our feet and floor?

© Copyright 2009 Timothy Alexander Donnelly


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Been there 6 years ago

Too many of us I think scorn the needy, the afflicted, and the homeless. Let us give alms instead, so that they that need help may be directed to their church of preference for their rightful assistance as our fellow human beings. The providence of the Lord is sufficient to bless the unfortunate through the righteous churches out there. The government should not really have to step up to help out, in my opinion. Churches provide healthy living instruction so as to help those who need it, really. Be kind to your neighbours, even the homeless, the hungry, and the hurting.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes, to manifest our concern for those in need, we must be kind and give alms not just during the Christmas season, but regularly.

We may also look to scripture (,45#40) for motivation; recall now where Jesus says in Matt. 25:40,45 (40) “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have DONE IT unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have DONE IT unto me. 45 “Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye DID IT NOT to one of the least of these, ye DID IT NOT to me.”

Sometimes we as individuals AND as churches are being tried and proven by the Saviour Himself. We must build up the storehouses of the Lord for all manner of contingency. For if ye are prepared ye shall not fear. Have a safe and bountiful Christmas.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Nice. Thanks for stopping by Micky Dee's place. I like your work and will be back! Keep up the good work. It seems that your philosophy and mine are not too far apart.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Micky Dee, You on Dude! Let me say that everyone has unique experiences (and perceptions). I can say with confidence by reading some of your hubs, that what you write about (and care to share) has had good receptions. You know man, it is difficult to be humble, and even more so to share your humility. On the creative writing side: even if we can't relate to everyone's pallet, I'm certain what we disseminate takes root in some. Therefore, let it be for good, even if sometimes difficult to examine. Regards.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you for your interest, Karen. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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