THE LONG AND SHORT OF SHADOWS

Life’s shadows cast long into time.
Deeds of Love steep in memory.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Unconditional Love sublime,
The Father’s path of destiny.
Life’s shadows cast long into time.

Barren mountains shield hatred’s crime.
Long shadows mask the mystery.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Gardens planted in rows of Thyme,
Season journeys vague harmony.
Life’s shadows cast long into time.

Terror without reason or rhyme,
Journal violent history.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Moments of kind deeds – Love sublime.
Hidden ‘neath tales of agony.
Yes, Life’s shadows cast long into time.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Source of Inspiration for The Long and Short of Shadows
The Villanelle form of poetry is fitting for writing about life and world events, for these subjects tend to be quite repetitive.  There is always war in some or most parts of the world at any given time.  And hatred and prejudice, though conquered by some, are definitely repetitive in nature.  That is why I use the Villanelle to express strong feelings of the world’s malcontent.  This form of poetry is also challenging with short lines and the strict rhyming scheledule.  I have been honored by the publishing of my “word games”.
The Long and Short of Shadows was published in The International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2007.

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