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The Shadow

The dark shadow creeps slowly
Across the wooden floor
Slower and slower it gets as
it heads towards the door.
Clothed in a cape flowing
Down to the dusty ground,
The shadow increases its speed
With a vibrancy just found.
It finally reaches the door
And it opens with a creak.
The dark shadow lights up
By the storm’s lightening streak.
The darkness of the night,
Envelops the shadow’s body.
It walks towards the field
now only seen faintly.
The outline can be seen,
but by straining the eye.
Coming upon the broken fence
and climbing over the style.
The shadow starts to float
feet not touching the ground.
Slowly and silently waiting,
waiting for the birth.
The animals wait silently
Waiting with the shadow
Wondering amongst themselves
whether its friend or foe.
Speaking amongst themselves
Of a language all their own
Fearfully watching the shadow,
Invading their comfy home.
The mother awakes with a moan
Getting ready for the child.
The baby soon arrives,
but does not dare to cry.
Death dawns on the shadow
A feeling of despair arises
Not knowing what the reason
But it’s guess soon devises.
Slowly the shadow creeps
Away from the faring death
Slowly moving the way he came
Not thinking, but knowing best.
Quietly he floats back to
Where he came hence from,
The door it creaks as it opens.
Slowly the shadow sits down
beating down on the table hard.
Knowing what has been witnessed
Crying for the baby lost
Thought it’s mother had confessed.
The baby, the mother as one
now not to be together.
Bringing life to the land,
The shadow now known
- the Shepherd.

The Shadow

Jodi Webb

Wyndham Vale, Australia

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Artist's Description

I wrote this a few years ago, and have never shared it, but now I have a willing (or not so willing) audience, I decided to share it.

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