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In the Reflection of the Shadows

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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 Dark Poetry Contest of Charlotte Puddifoot

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  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.

  1. Date: 8/12/2014 10:31:00 PM
    I love this vibrant poem Andrea wonderful imagery gl in contest hugs

  1. Date: 8/12/2014 5:06:00 PM
    Love this! The pictures you create, the flow, your choice of words. I especially like the third stanza. I am sure you'll do very well in the contest! Best of luck. :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 9:43:00 AM
    Wow! you have done it with extreme beauty. Good luck in the contest, my lovely friend. Loved always,bl

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 3:06:00 AM
    Excellent. Said beautifully. Enjoyed reading it. Tfs

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 2:43:00 AM
    Tranquility is what we thrive for Andrea, n ur lovely write says it all , gl in contest!

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 1:15:00 AM
    Oh yes, this poem sure put a damper on my mood and is a great write for the Dark poetry contest. We just escaped a hurricane as it turned into a tropical storm when it got to our island, so I am feeling pretty optimistic. I will have to read another to get this one out of my mind. Haha

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 10:07:00 PM
    How beautifully you have painted the changing colors of Nature in its true forms and have blended it with the colors of darkness as it happens in Life. This is definitely a masterpiece Andrea exposing both the moods of Nature. My good wishes for your contest entry. Love and best wishes always..Ravindra K Kapoor

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 6:06:00 PM
    When the dark clouds hover over us and become our shadow, it is hard to get rid of them, and sometimes, everything else also turns to gray.... I really, really enjoyed your beautiful poem, Andrea. The imagery was so vivid that I felt like I was standing beside you, enjoying this radiant autumn day! Wonderful writing! Good luck in Charlotte's contest!

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 5:39:00 PM
    Your nickname is now Apocalyptically Anxious Andrea! Very well written! I like how many of the uneven line breaks draw the eye on to the next line. Anyway, it's more likely that we'll burn up than freeze, I think. Cheers, Roy

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    Date: 8/10/2014 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's a mood piece haha. you are right, we will burn for sure. I actually heard that the melted ice caps are going to screw up the tidal waves so badly and effect climate change, that half the world will grow cold while the other half burns. YOu hear so much these days. yeah, I am a bit anxious but I manage to live in the here and now!
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 4:04:00 PM
    PRISTINE, I meant, I Spell like a CHUMP!