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Chicagoetry: September 1, 2017

September 1, 2017
After W.H. Auden

"This is my shadow.
There are many like it

But this one is mine," I thought
As I, uncertain and afraid,
Played with its shapes
While taking the recycling out

To the green bins
In the back alley.

Shade on stone,
My idiosyncratic, beleaguered

Like a snowflake,

Utterly unique in sub-atomic detail.
Like clouds:

Shadow makers & shadow killers.

White clouds come
In flotilla into this neutral air: catamarans, dhows,
Sampans & kayaks,

Their shadows making

A mirror configuration in black
Across the plain. The engine is wind,
The fuel is mind.

Trees applaud the breeze!
When the clouds coalesce,
All shadows die.

Solid as a cloud
I lean slightly into the breeze &
My shadow leans with me.

Wait: that cloud looks

Like an adapter for a 45 rpm
Single, allowing it to fit snugly
Onto a phonograph record player spindle.

Now comes a convoy of carriages:
Landaus, phaetons, hansoms, victorias.
Then a canopy of oak tree tops:
Burr, pin, black & scarlet.

I could do this forever,
In near-stupor, defenseless, yet
Investing an affirming flame
Into the smallest tasks, seizing

Eternity in every shadow & cloud,
Each embodying a euphoric dream.

Now with my hands I make
A shadow on the alley concrete,
An imperfect square:
Bible, Torah, Gita,


You can't make a cloud but
You can make a shadow.

We must love one another
Or die.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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Posted on August 31, 2017

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