Furry Fearing Never Again by Ted Byrne


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In the corner they muddle
They wait patiently
In a small furry huddle
They wait to play tea.
They remember last Christmas when they came to your home.
But strangely this year they cuddle alone.

They wait in your shadow
Of past squeals and bright smiles.
They wait for your huggings
They wait for your sighs.
And from distantly downstairs they hear them again
But they sit cornered in waiting… fearing never again.

Katelyn’s room… Christmas morning 2012: Canon 7D: Canon EFS 17-85mm at 33mm, 2000 ISO (natural light), 7 panel pano stitched together in PS4, custom shadow texture created from silhouette, wall texturing created in Topaz Adjust 5, lighting range affected in AlienSkin, Exposure 4: custom modified Kodak Portra 160NC. Dynamic range adjustments throughout. Custom textures, filters, and brushes.

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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 2 years ago

    What a grand way to start the day! Love this, Ted! And, the shadow in the corner…could that be you? Or a scary monster? The title is perfect! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing they will never fear again….

  • Thanks Karen. Ahhhh…. The shadower is the child-owner… A spectral memory for the tiny fuzzy spirits huudled there waiting beneath :-)

    – Ted Byrne

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesalmost 2 years ago

    Ted! Endlessly creative! Wonderful story to this!

  • Thanks G. Ech Christmas makes new memories, and casts off a few as well, eh?

    – Ted Byrne

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 2 years ago

    this one strikes so deep, Ted, the shadow silhouette so perfect pictorial for your verse… calling so many threads ~of my own childhood, feeling empathetic to my furry friends and not wanting to neglect them, and in growing up into new expansive worlds, as we all eventually do, leave them behind…until we have our children who bring back the world of treasured friends made real again, and we see the circle start anew…until they too pass into the world of grown up things…and we feel the sadness twice in what is left behind, thrice when new grandchildren too? Feeling the threads of wisdom from a story passed through my family generations, The Skin Horse ~ preceded The Velveteen Rabbit ~ both my all time favorites…if you don’t know them, read them, they will become yours :)
    thanks for the memories and inspiration always Ted xx

  • You are so generous Linda! And your memories resonate with my feelings. Memories do come in waves with each new set crowding out the last. It’s bittersweet eh?

    – Ted Byrne

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic Ted!! :)

  • Thanks Keith.

    – Ted Byrne

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushalmost 2 years ago


  • It was a furry explosion Nira. Thanks.

    – Ted Byrne

  • Carmen Holly
    Carmen Hollyalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful Ted! It says so much. So feeling.

  • How many memories do kids sweep into corners I wonder Carmen? How many smiles, hugs, and tiny friends? Memories have patience though… Nice thing about those smiles, hugs, and tiny friends… they can always be found again… ready to do what they do… and happy about it. :-)

    – Ted Byrne

  • Adrian Donoghue
    Adrian Donoghuealmost 2 years ago

    Love it

  • Shadows… specters… ghosts…. And sometimes they are not ominous eh Adrian?

    – Ted Byrne

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    Great shot, Ted – epitomizes childhood fears

  • Thanks Shulie… And it also conjures up childhood memories, eh?

    – Ted Byrne

  • Michael A. Morrison
    Michael A. Mor...almost 2 years ago

    Great sense of intrigue, mystery, irony and humour so well projected through this simple yet complex image that contains many layers and levels……………..great work Ted! Happy New year : )

  • Corners contain shadows Michael… it’s what they do. The question of course is what their shadows mean, eh? :-)

    – Ted Byrne

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshalmost 2 years ago
  • So sorry about my delay in thanking you Kanages. It is wonderfully supportive of you to find that the words and image marry as well as I’d hoped. And it is even more supportive of you to reinforce all of us with your efforts. Thanks a lot!

    – Ted Byrne

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