The shadow cocoons us
with the promise
of flat light and invisible details.
Sometimes looming ahead
sidled up next to us, stretching behind
living inside us all; The Shadow-side
It’s not necessarily a dark, dank
scary place to be ignored.
It is simply the Yin to our Yang.
A place where peace is felt from
the adventures of yesterdays
or a spark is ignited
for the risks of tomorrows.
The whispers of things we think
we don’t want to do, or hear.
Patiently waiting for the light
so we can hear the things we need to know.
It can cloak us in a protective incubator
or feel as if it will swallow us
in the depths of grief, and despair.
Bending, changing, pulling, letting go, dissipating.
Its fluidity is as impermanent as all the other quirks
and talents that make up the whole of who we are.
We can learn to befriend, listen, and
hear the messages whispered
from our shadow-side, as it reminds us
it is time to turn our face towards the sun.
©Alexis Rose, image: Pixabay
Thank you for reading my books: If I Could Tell You How It Feels, and Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph