Broken Shadow genre: Rhyme-N-Reason

The category “Rhyme-N-Reason" is intended to be a place to share poetry that stimulates thoughtful reflection. For me, writing poetry is cathartic. It’s a way to encapsulate a group of feelings or thoughts that might be on my mind such that when I’m done writing, I experience a level of resolve that is both comforting and motivational. It has the same effect for me as listening to a song with which one has a significant connection. It takes you somewhere you’ve been or to something you’ve felt or experienced and allows you to further interpret the intended meaning or the lesson learned. Hopefully this can be a place for readers to pause and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings. Your comments are welcomed as well as any poetry you might want to share.

The following poem is called Broken Shadow. It was inspired by a number of different thoughts over a lengthy period of time. Rather than explain this one, I decided to leave it open to the interpretation of each reader. Feel free to share whatever meaning you feel it holds.

Christmas decorations in Paris - 2004


Often the excepted and no one knew
Rarely accepted and not the rule

Exceptions rejected, set to the side
Never accepted, never in stride

One in ten and then again
Slice the pie, you don’t fit in

One foot on this side
One foot on the big slide

Cash me out, save on rent
Barely living, life’s lament

Psycho pilot, cyber spent
Another quake, the walls cement

Happy endings are ends no less
Stories moral, the gods digress

Broken truth, the truth they spoke
At journeys end, the future provokes

The wheels full circle, it comes around
The sting of sand, the holy ground

The shadow stands till the light goes out
Born of shadows, consumed no doubt

Lights flicker, the suns on the ledge
Rushing madly to the shadows edge

Daniel DiRito | May 20, 2006 | 9:19 AM
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