R.K Das

(22, january / INDIA)

A Substantial Shadow


Often I am haunted
By the reflection
Of a shrunken face
Of a substantial shadow,
That has gathered
An impervious thickness.

None can claim like me
To have measured
The dwarf-shadow,
Gaining an immeasurable height
As never seen before.

Even when, you are by my side,
I tip-toe to the left of the highway
And get drenched to the core
By the visible nothingness
Of a cluster of barren clouds.

I know why,
Of late I seem to feel ashamed
To ask for a reassurance from my mother,
Who on long frosty-nights
Takes an extra cup of tea
To keep her warm.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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  • eloida Capuno (8/24/2012 12:44:00 PM)

    brilliant expression of feelings. I like the imagery of the shadow which i read to be that of your mother. Keep sharing your thoughts, well done Arkay (Report) Reply

  • Kaila George (10/19/2011 6:07:00 PM)

    Ive only recently taken pen to paper a mere five years no less and your poems show me a depth of understanding that many would like to express, coming to this site is indeed an eye opener to the many spins we have in life as human beings, bravo..will read them all as often as I can. (Report) Reply

  • Raeanne Furfaro (8/12/2011 2:55:00 AM)

    I like this. Very good imagery. The words are strong and emotional having seen too much yet not enough. I like the last line of your mother having tea. Very very nice. (Report) Reply

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