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In the Reflection of the Shadows

One brilliant tranquil day, around a turquoise lake, Autumn had come in and brightly painted so prettily the branches of the trees. Overhead the gulls serenely soared. Below them, water shimmered - softly rippled. . . I thought how this was how the world should ever be - beautiful and radiant, sorrow-free. All of a sudden came a shift. A strong wind swept the scene; all was transformed. Fall’s vibrant colors shimmied, till released, they spread asunder. Small ripples changed to waves, which angrily were lashing at the shore. The seagull’s laughing cries had disappeared. And streaming rays of sunlight had become absorbed by darkness . . . a dreariness and dreadfulness and cold. In the reflection of the shadows, I found my flimsy jacket, flung it on, and clasped it close to me - then even closer. Wishing that all mankind could find illumination, I forlornly contemplated that this was how the whole world would come to be, and sooner than we know. . . would so remain. Aug. 9, 2014 for the "Your Best Poem #2" Poetry Contest of Shadow Hamilton

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  1. Date: 7/28/2015 10:01:00 AM
    LOVED this. That's what we call 'Apocalyptic Imagery' and you nailed it, baby! Congrats on your win. xoxo

  1. Date: 7/27/2015 2:06:00 PM
    Congratulations Andrea: Your imagination runs full spectrum here. Always a delight to read you. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 11:42:00 PM
    I find your imagery so rich, Andie. The emotion in the moment is almost palpable too. A deserved win! Congrats and hugs!

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 11:40:00 PM
    Andrea, I see why this well piece is on top of the winners list. Congratulations your amazing win:-)Alexis

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 11:10:00 PM
    Congrats on ur top place winning poetic marvel dear Andrea!

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 11:09:00 PM
    Congrats on ur top place winning poetic marvel dear Andrea!

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 5:53:00 PM
    Wow, this has an almost magical ability to make the reader feel the cold, and lament the unwelcome change that so suddenly overcame the scene. I'm going to optimistically hope for the coming of another Spring. Beautifully written, and congrats on the win. This is an obvious 7, and will likely be on my fave list in about, two seconds, haha.

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 4:22:00 PM
    Wow, Andrea, you're on top of every list... Congratulations on Your Best Poem #2 win. **SKATT

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 3:35:00 PM
    a magical pen Andrea congrats on 1st place hugs

  1. Date: 7/26/2015 3:29:00 PM
    So so wonderful to read this again - many congrats Andrea - you inspire me to work on my imagery! hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 8/26/2014 7:18:00 PM
    This poem is absolutely awesome! If it is not perfection, it is very near. Beautiful picture painted, and the change is so detailed I seem to feel it; I even like the wording!

  1. Date: 8/16/2014 9:12:00 PM
    very vivid write, Andrea! beautifully dark, i love it! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 8/16/2014 7:23:00 PM
    Hi Andrea...this is very, very good and I think the beauty of the writing with it's great imagery is what makes it so dark and disturbing...wonderful

  1. Date: 8/16/2014 11:10:00 AM
    You definitely took on a different route with the dark theme, and I also liked how you did yours-- and this actually is such a daunting thought, of what this world will come to? I like how you pull us through in with your scenes and images- from a bright day to a menacing one-- reminds me when I go out during a typhoon. Really enjoyed reading this, sweetie pie! Congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 8/16/2014 1:32:00 AM
    And back again wid huge congrats on ur winning awesome write Andrea!

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 8:49:00 PM
    From you............. This is awesome.... Congrats Andrea...Linda

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 1:44:00 PM
    Congratulations, Andrea. A beautiful poem describing a chilling demise --either personally or for our planet. Love the imagery.

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 6:32:00 AM
    you painted a vivid picture here with your words, andrea, and it was almost too beautiful to be truly chilling, as with craig's! I did like the shift in that second stanza, though, and your choice of topic, contemplating perhaps a bleak future for our planet, unsettling thoughts indeed...congrats on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 5:59:00 AM
    Beautifully expressed with imagery, congrats on the win, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/14/2014 8:28:00 PM
    As all family trees wither. Thanks for bringing me down. :( :):):) You do paint artfully with words Andrea. Peace. :) Love the title.