crushing juniper berries
at dusk

the dog shadows me
in his absence

* * *

“Shadow” first appeared in April, 2015. It could be considered a companion piece to “Mother’s Day,” which is included in the July 2016 edition of The Lake.


35 thoughts on “Shadow

  1. I finally had time to sit down and read, and think about, Shadow, as well as Mother’s Day and Every Wind (in The Lake — Congratulations!). The grief poems hit pretty close to home. It’s been two years since our cat, Sammy, died at age 18. My kids hadn’t known life without him until he was gone. We still feel the lack, and probably always will.

    For some reason, though, I totally fixated on the line in Every Wind, “I want” — just a pronoun and a verb standing alone like that… Can you even do that? What would the Iowa Writers Workshop have to say about that?! It is so subtle, and so achingly pure. I think everything that poetry IS, in essence, is our attempt to complete that line.

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