No Shadow – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:

In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “lady shadow”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

no shadow

when you came
you brought no shadow
you just brightened
the wintry skies
and your light bathed
the cloistered corners
making darkness flee
from your approach

green springtime
became glorious summer
with blue skies
and rainbows
that held no hint of rain
you gave warmth
to the land
and to my life

then in the mirror
I glimpse a shadow
as soft and dark as midnight air
my eyes are slow to see the outline
of the space
where once you were

ah yes
when you came
you brought no shadow
now you’ve gone
that’s all
that remains

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11 Responses to No Shadow – Carrot Ranch

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  2. Bridgette says:

    Those final lines are so beautifully sad. Gorgeous writing.


  3. jenne49 says:

    Such images you create of the love.
    You paint with words.
    And then the second last verse – a heart breaks slowly.
    Beautifully sad.
    Phil’s drawing is wonderful too.


  4. I will read this again tonight the way it was mean to be read … in the quiet of my candle-lit room with a lovely glass of cabernet, Sinatra singing “Only the Lonely” softly in the background, memories of a love still burning in my soul … and I will try not to cry but I make no promises of no tears 🍷 🖤


  5. Liz H says:

    A long, slow departure. As Joni Mitchell sang “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.”
    Another fine post…good to see you at the Ranch.

    Also very nice artwork by Phil!


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