Shadow Games

The Shadows on the wall are playing little puppet games
Flickering motion come to life in the candle flame
Twirling, whirling, prancing, dancing all across the wall
Hypnotizing, mesmerising I’m watching on in awe
As cavorting little shapes and giant swaying beasts
Match their shaking movements to an unheard beat
Choreographed, a perfect match to the outside breeze
Tiny little shadow people dance the dance with ease
Swaying heads, shimmy shoulders, undulating hips
A taller one twirls a rod with tassels at its tips
The night grows late to my chagrin all the different shadows
Bow and walk to the edge of the wall it’s time to end the show
I lean to blow the candle out and when no light remains
Back they flee to the shadow realm to play their shadow games

©Aarron Mondello
3/3/2018

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