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Poetry Friday: Shadow-Evidence by Mary Mapes Dodge

August 28th, 2015 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: The X-Files score music by Mark Snow

Swift o'er the sunny grass,
I saw a shadow pass
With subtle charm,-
So quick, so full of life,
With thrilling joy so rife,
I started lest, unknown,
My step - ere it was flown -
Had done it harm.

Why look up to the blue?
The bird was gone, I knew,
Far out of sight.
Steady and keen of wing,
The slight, impassioned thing,
Intent on a goal unknown,
Had held its course alone
In silent flight.

Dear little bird, and fleet,
Flinging down at my feet
Shadow for song:
More sure am I of thee -
Unseen, unheard by me -
Than of some things felt and known,
And guarded as my own,
All my life long.

- Shadow-Evidence by Mary Mapes Dodge

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: August 30th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)

So much to love about this -- the shadow given instead of a song, and the strong belief in things unseen. Lovely. Thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 30th, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)

Such pretty imagery.

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