Poem a Day – 20 – Complicated Shadows

I’ve committed to writing a poem a day for the month of April as part of National Poetry Writing Month.

20th April

A break from Mumbai for a day or two. This one is inspired by the great Elvis Costello song, Complicated Shadows:

 

Complicated Shadows

A simple enough

task to sort

the shadows

 

round ones on

this shelf

square on that

 

bird shaped

ones in the

bird cage

 

animal shaped

ones in the

animal cage

 

gun shaped

ones in the

gun locker

 

body shaped

ones in the

body bag

 

but where to

put the

irregular ones?

 

the complicated

ones which

jump about

 

the tricky ones

with the

blurry edges

 

the ghostly

ones with

the haunty eyes

 

this is

going to take

a lot longer

 

and the

night is

drawing in.

copyright Mike Hopkins 2012
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5 thoughts on “Poem a Day – 20 – Complicated Shadows

  1. Oooh I love the sinister overtones to this one, MH. We go from the usual guns and bodies shadows (!) to the blurry haunty ones. Love it. (Love ‘haunty’). 😉

    • Thanks Jen and Marianne. I like it too. Came out very quickly – very right brain. But the idea of a poem based on the Elvis Costello song has been with me a while, so my subconscious was probably working on it.

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