Outside in the shadows .........

They would drag me kicking and screaming from
the safety of shadows
Pull me away .....out from the depths
not
allowing me to hide
There in my hidden world
full of such a magnetism
Like the river of stars .....from where
I came paddling a canoe across
the smooth water ....stars lighting the way
above and below.
They wonder why I called it that
as of many things that
I do
Or of the echoes in the forests
that always turned my head
stealing my attentions
from them
No , now its different though
there is no one left to pull
at my love of shadows
Like the cloud shadows that play
across the hillsides and leave
again without me
Or the way that the autumn winds arrive
early to gently shadow the hay
standing ready for harvest
My shadows
All mine

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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

The shadows have their appeal and they are even more appealing now as echoes from the forests, their allure so tempting, but oh, the sunlight that chases at thier tail, oh the sunlight that chases the shadows across the hillside. Love the shadows, love the sunlight. Beautiful Ahorseback, with amazing images of this contrast.


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singlmomat52 5 years ago

As always very deep and hauntingly beautiful. Where's that book????? Can you tell me why or how to let my followers know that I published a new hub?? I switched over to that sub domain and don't know how to hook up with them again. Thanks for another awesome Hub, keep up the good work!!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Fennelseed , How are you ? , I felt a little shadowy this morning!.... ? This is my time of the year :-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi singlemom, We've missed you ! ...Ohh ,you're asking the wrong guy!.......But I'll be there !.LOL....:-}


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Ah, just a taster!!! Get out there amongst that inspirational autumn allure, Ahorseback, just make sure you tell us all about it, cos we are hungrey for more of your unique and amazing words :)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Happy 400, and what a way to celebrate. I loved it as much as I love all the others.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

You reference to fall is timely. I also like your cornfield picture. It is great that you take what may be a mundane subject matter and make an attractive picture of it.I took some similar pictures of corn against river bluffs.Yours is better.


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Beautiful words describing your own slice of paradise. Thanks for sharing your love of shadows in such an alluring and visual poem.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hello ahorseback...I have always loved the perspective that shadows give to landscape. Shadows lengthen as the sun moves...change what our eyes perceive. The depth and bredth of our world when bathed in shadows is so much more intriguing and magical to me than is an environment without shadows. Very mystical and romantic. Lovely prose; beautiful awareness.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

ahorseback - Such a poignant and searchingly real remembrance. Beautifully written to convey each nuance of the feelings. It's my time of year, as well - the mixture of beauty and shadows. . .


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Beautiful and Soulful Read my Friend, and I so Enjoyed the pictures you chose to illustrate Sunlight and Shadows.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

B.Malin, Thank you much B, I took the photos within miles of my home in Vermont. Shadowlands!....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa you are always so kind , would you concider Nieghboring me ?!.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Dahoglund , I doult that now, we are lucky to see the beauty in small gifts! Be well my man!....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Prisana , such a different name ! It is your name right LOL.....:-} Thank you .


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Lucky Cats , We are so blessed for our appreciation of small things , No ? Often it is these things that save us from our hectic lives.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Nellieanna , The lengthening of shadows the cooler evenings , darker earlier and earlier! The leaves now are beginning to fall ,and the mists of morning! Beautiful! Nice to see you!....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

B Malin, Thank you !I get that way this time of year ! Its so beautiful isn't it !....:-}


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've never been one to like shadows, but i've never looked across water or the hillside when shadows were there, but i will after reading this..Thank you for sharing your ability to write in picture form. Loved it..


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Always Exploring , Think of it as you would Ghosts in old houses , LOL...Not soo bad !...Hah.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is great! I love sitting under trees and watching the sun dapple the ground in shadow, backwards and forwards, it makes me want to go to sleep! lol


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love your way with words and the way you paint a picture. I love this in particular 'Like the river of stars'

I love to watch the shadows rolling across the earth too, ever changing, and then there are the shadows from the clouds, these fascinate me and hold my attention . When I get the chance to look down on them of course which is not often enough.

Thank you for such a beautiful poem.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi ahorseback, congratulations on 400 hubs!

I love your love of shadows, they can turn somewhere ordinary into a place of beauty.

Fabulous photos.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Nell Rose , " Dappling" nice word , I dont think Nells getting enough sleep , whats with that?...:-} I know I know ....." I'll Save You Nell" ....[Dudley Doright]


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

RoseMay , We've got to get you up in the air more , or move you to the mountains. Just for the cloudshadows.......:-} Thank you Rose......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie master , Thank you !,thats means alot ! The Photos are from Northern Vermont !...pretty , quiet and Isolated up here most times!...nice to see you...:-}


september girl 5 years ago

Wow! I loved the poem and the pictures. Shadows seem to take on a life of their own, don't they ahorseback? Beautifully written! : )


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

September girl , Yes mam they do! Thank yu so much for reading.......:-}

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