Dancing with my shadow

Dancing with my shadow

My shadow is a shadow
           of its former self
though age
           has not defeated me
I’ve known love
           and I’ve known beauty
and tasted all things
           that are good for the soul

Let’s not say
           that beauty passes
rather that it matures
           in time’s fullness
but there are times
           when time itself
does not pass
           when life is lived
in the ecstasy
           of the moment

I’ve known that too
           when we shared our love
equally and our kisses
           were more than emblematic
Such is the lie of the land
           that all things run down
rivers to the sea
           lovers to the grave
but love
           love itself
outlives life
           love itself

John Lyons



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