Laurie Van der Hart


Shadow - Poem by Laurie Van der Hart

I see it all happening again
The shadow has caught up with me
This time I'm entwined thoroughly
In its clutches, bringing me pain

A fugitive my whole adult life
From this dark and doggéd enemy
Pursuing me relentlessly
Causing me stress, sorrow and strife

Always an alien, I struggle
To make some honest money
Red tape and brutal bureaucracy
Make it almost impossible

But I tussle and I wrestle
With this shadow-adversary
Look - I'm winning, I'm gonna get free!
I emerge, wiser, stronger, legal

Topic(s) of this poem: fear, foreigner, frustration, honesty, work


Comments about Shadow by Laurie Van der Hart

  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (4/28/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Hi fav poetess, I admire how u use metaphor, u express and relate the work strides and struggles, honest living is hard and challenging these days yeah. Kudos for the poetic effort. And warmest greetings.


    Pleez do write your thoughts under my newest poem too, titled, dark skinned vs fair skin, I would love to hear your views

    Soo nice to read from your pen, I will never forget to read u I think.
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    (4/28/2018 11:56:00 PM)

    Asante sana, Zaynab! Really appreciate your comment. I'm off to read your poem...

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  • Glen Kappy (4/24/2018 8:36:00 AM)

    I can definitely relate to frustrations with bureaucracy, Laurie. The image that first comes to mind is that of calling the number on the telephone and waiting on hold and waiting some more hoping for a human to talk to and waiting and maybe being dropped from the call or told to try again later or being directed to the website... Or, a simpler metaphor, trying to spell the word! -Glen (Report)Reply

    (4/24/2018 11:25:00 PM)

    Yes, that sounds very familiar, Glen. I have a friend, about your age, who has devised a simpler soul, I got system for English. See ashortspel.com, or Ñspel by Francis Johnson. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  • Bill Cantrell (4/23/2018 10:39:00 AM)

    Oh yes, the red tape that entangles righteous feet, tempting us to run with the lawless one, it is indeed frustrating to say the least but we continue to wrestle to the end, great poem, I love it! ! ! (Report)Reply

    Laurie Van Der Hart(4/23/2018 11:19:00 PM)

    Hey Bill! Great to hear from you. Thanks a lot for your comment and the encouragement. I am being refined; it's good for me: -)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2018



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