The Smile of Your Shadow

by John Long   May 5, 2009


The smile of your shadow would illuminate
The solemn cracks in the cathedral floor,
The smile of your shadow would burn
The wings of my paper plane in turbulent flight.

The smile of your shadow blends with the fireworks
Of joyous dancing color in a Renoir,
The smile of your shadow haunts me,
Teasing me, mischievously,
Across the Years, across the lovers.
Rose, your thorns are as delightful
As your flowers.

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  • 10 years ago

    by Deana

    I guess if we really love someone we will take even the thorns over nothing at all! Very well written. I enjoyed it very much!

  • 10 years ago

    by Ingrid de Klerck

    Love is like a flower, a rose if you will and to keep her with you, you have to endure her thorns...You have captured this thought so gracefully within this poem..so gentle and joyfully:)

    Good work John, deep and uplifting message within your words, I loved it!

    Hugs,

    5/5 Ingrid

  • 10 years ago

    by Jackie

    A beautiful poem, x

  • 10 years ago

    by Corinne

    This is wonderful! Such literate writing. The second stanza is especially beautiful

  • 10 years ago

    by Dixiedaisy

    How haunting memories of past can be. A very lonely write but yet enough of longing still there to make it love. Sometimes when we think of past loves it can enhance the relationships we are in. However, it can also deteriorate that same relationship if the "what if" factor comes about.
    Enjoyed the write. Thanks for sharing.