I wish I had no shadow;

Because I’m never really alone

When I want to be;

I’m afraid to say my thoughts out loud;

Because I don’t trust my shadow to keep it secret;

It’s always following me around;

What for, I don’t exactly know;

It’s with me during the day;

When there’s no need to fear;

But in the dark;

It leaves me when I actually need a companion;

What’s the point of not being available;

When I need it;

And stuck with me when I don’t?

Sometimes it outgrows me;

Other times it reveals the mini version of me;

It has no face;

So I can’t tell what it’s thinking;

Whether it’s mocking me;

Or concerned about my affairs;

It’s just there;

Stopping when I do;

And leading the way or following suit;

When I move;

If you’re a part of me;

Why don’t I enjoy your company?

Why do you feel so alien?

I know I shouldn’t be afraid of you;

But I can’t help it sometimes;

So help me trust you;

Let me feel that you have my back;

And not just lurking around;

Sniffing for my thoughts and secrets;

When I turn to look at you;

Don’t hide behind me;

Face me and let me read you;

Just as you do me;

Don’t be my escort;

I don’t need one;

I need a friend;

Unless you can promise me to be one;

Then I have no need for you.

© Josephine Amoako 2016


12 Comments Add yours

  1. This is very well thought out and I really enjoyed your playful oral antics. Well done, Josey!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Jeanne☺️


  2. mimispassion says:

    Nice and can relate to people who just play shadow roles in our lives.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hammad Rais says:

    Perfect snap! Loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Hammad! Have a nice weekend! ☺

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Beaton says:

    my shadow follows me….. but only when the sun shines, when the darkness comes, it disappears and I woke ever alone.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. AGrowingMind says:

    Lovely poem I’m never really aware of my shadow maybe I should be its a forever companion

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol… Maybe you should. Thanks for reading ☺


  6. kmankata says:

    Got me thinking. We have shadows and we are shadows. Cè la vie.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Oui, c’est la vie

      Liked by 1 person

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