Happiness is a Shadow

Written by: Christopher Mason

Happiness is a shadow
cast upon the moment
as a bird’s upon the forest floor 
glimpsed in motion upon a 
fern or fallen tree
too swift or dim perhaps
if the light is frail
to discern what creature
might have inspired such
a sudden darkening of green
so we gaze through the canopy
in search of a color
or some distinctive curve in flight
to guide us to a definition
of that barely sensed
so we can claim
such was the true shape of joy
responsible for the pattern upon
the moss and browning leaves
not conjured by evening’s saturated
glow drifting through foliage
set in motion by the breeze
but a thing possessed 
of eye and pinion
and grace we imagine
though the shadow is long since lost 
and clarity restored