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Below is the poem of the week entitled Murdered by my Own Shadow which was written by poet arthur vaso.


Murdered by my Own Shadow

Cold misty clouds rise above the grates
The streets only illumination, tossing shadows like pennies
Faded street lamps at each end
The cold is biting, as I roll the collar over my neck

I received a call earlier that day
A new client, who insisted not to meet,
At my office
Just fine with me, my office scared its fair share
Of prospects away

So glancing at my watch I waited
Under the street lamp, I lit a fag
To pass the time
Where was the dame?

I was beginning to guess this was some kind of hoax
Worse still I was missing a poker game over at the Pig&Bath
The tube was a few blocks away, and sooner rather than later
I should part company with this particular street lamp of no desire

Not a soul in site, I decided I’d been played for a fool
A pretty voice, that will get ya every time
As I sauntered away looking bored in case anyone was watching
I heard the click of my own shoes on concrete

I also heard an echo?
Was I being followed?
I crossed to the other side somewhat on edge
I had enough blokes that didn’t see my good side
Not that I ever saw much either

I quickened my pace
Whoever was behind seemed to quicken their pace
I turned the corner and now in a very fast walk
Ran for the main street, passing an alley that had seen better days

Something or someone grabbed at my trench coat
All of a sudden, here I am, pulled into a dark alley
I feel the punches, and what seems like a pipe
Hitting me repeatedly, yet I see no one

I cover my head, and try to keep silent
No use humoring this lug with the pleasure of my pain
On the ground, I feel the kicks into my ribs
Blood starts to spill from my mouth, 
Or who knows, maybe my nose

No concern of mine
As I wont have much of a face after this brutal feast
I hear the faint wisps and grunts, as I lay wounded
Whoever did this sure fancies himself a professional
I would like to say more, but I think is time for dreamland

No idea if I am unconscious, dead or dreaming
In a puddle of my own blood
I lie, in agony looking above at a strange face
My god, its my shadow!

He spits on me in disgust
Laughing, he says "finally I am free of you"
You rotten son of a Birch tree
At that he parts, off he goes to the land of the living

Walking away with some woman that I feel I should know
They laugh together, as I lie inside my own turmoil
The garbage pickup at dawn
Will dispose of my bones and dreams
Some PI I turned out to be

Murdered by my own shadow

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  1. Date: 1/29/2015 1:35:00 PM

    Hey Arthur, reminds me of the old classic pi movies - great imagination and expression. Congratulations on your poem being chosen as Poem of the Week. Well deserved. Neva

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much Neva
  1. Date: 1/28/2015 8:46:00 PM

    excellent pen beautifully crafted arthur congratulations on poem of the week

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you liam, luck of the Irish as they say!!!
  1. Date: 1/28/2015 12:55:00 PM

    truly a top choice for POTW citation... big congrats, arthur!

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 10:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Nette!
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 7:49:00 PM

    Hey stopping by again. Congrats on poem of the week! You deserve it!

    Anderson Avatar Meg Anderson Date: 1/30/2015 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Words. Lol is what I meant to say. Sometimes you have to just laugh at yourself.
    Anderson Avatar Meg Anderson Date: 1/30/2015 10:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Arthur, your welcome. You do have a way with your ways. You are full of talent!
    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you kindly Meg!
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 12:44:00 PM

    I found this to be quite good you have a turn for your verse. Congratulations on being selected for the week. See if you like anything I wrote.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Marilyn
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 12:38:00 PM

    my kind of story!! outstanding dear friend . . . 7

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks David!
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 11:05:00 AM

    wow who would have though this had me hooked from the first word. brilliant write it even had me laughing at some PI I turned out to be murdered by my own shadow, you have an amazing talent here bless it be dee x p.s and to be poem of the week too :)

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Davina, glad you enjoyed!
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 4:10:00 PM

    Congratulations on Poem of the Week Arthur. Very Well-Done. Best Always, Gary

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Much appreciated Gary!
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 8:55:00 AM

    Captivating! I enjoyed your creative work, Arthur...congrats on being chosen TPOW. An excellent choice! Hugs, Rhonda

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Rhonda
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 3:06:00 AM

    Brilliant dexcrptive write Arthur many congrats on poem of the week:-) Hugs Jan xx

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jan , Hugs right back at you! :)
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 11:07:00 PM

    Back to congratulate you on poem of the week good choice. Blessings and hugs eve

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/30/2015 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Eve, hope all is going well with you and family!
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 9:15:00 PM

    Brilliant, Arthur.. You continue to amaze! Congrats on your rocking Poem Of The Week!

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Dave, I do try LOL
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 8:01:00 PM

    What a detective story written in poetry my friend it simply took my breath away, Suspense filled me in every line, I could not take my eyes of each verse until I finished the story, now this is a masterpiece of brilliance, BRAVO ARTHUR

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Cherl!!!!
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 3:35:00 PM

    What an amazing piece of work!, a little scary but still very thrilling, congrats Arthur and keep it up :)

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Mohamed, very kind words indeed!
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 3:24:00 PM

    Congrats on poem of the week...Seren

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 1:48:00 PM

    The last line is scary. What is a PI? Peace & Blessings Matthew anish

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "PI" is an abbreviation for "Private Investigator" of which there are many famous black and white films made on the topic!
    Smith Avatar Tim Smith Date: 1/25/2015 6:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Private Investigator
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 1:18:00 PM

    Congrats on POTW Arthur... Verlena

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Verlena! Hugs
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 12:59:00 PM

    Congrats my friend on being featured this week

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Tim, Go Habs GO !!!!!
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 11:37:00 AM

    Brilliant write Arthur. Congratulations your piece being chosen poem of the week!

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/25/2015 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merci bien Maurice!!
  1. Date: 1/22/2015 5:48:00 PM

    Brilliant.. Shadow boxing would have been survival training for you my friend! Love this write. A7 and truly an enjoyable read!!!

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 1/24/2015 11:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Robert!
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