Shadows (A Sonnet In B Flat)

16 Aug

Shadows in love, walking aging souls,

Revel and bevel in a morning dew.

Greater than all beauty in mornings told,

Shadows follow shade, making one from two.


Bodies at eventide embrace the moon,

Waxing and waning, our shadows did meld;

Sometimes impatient with impending doom.

Arms entwined, her heart, in mine I held.


And now, as you decide darkness is fear,

In a single line a shadow you find;

Walking without me, one has disappeared.

Yes, a cloud does cover the sun sometime.


Oh, the moon still finds my shadow in sheets;

Of a lover’s body, empty to keep.


Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Love, Pine Cone Diaries, Poetry


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18 responses to “Shadows (A Sonnet In B Flat)

  1. ManicDdaily

    August 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    A very ironic title! And bittersweet poem. Thanks. k.


  2. Loredana Donovan

    August 19, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Fabulous work! The sonnet form is perfect for this bittersweet love affair 🙂


  3. glmeisner

    August 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The ending is amazing. Great poem.


  4. dsnake1

    August 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

    oh yes, there should be music (preferably with a soulful saxophone) accompanying these words. 🙂


  5. 1sojournal

    August 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful expression of love’s moonlight and shadows,



  6. Grace

    August 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I too love the ending ~ This is a lovely sonnet ~


  7. x

    August 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    You can hope that when two shadows become one that it is a good thing. I guess that is not always the case . And when all that’s left in the sheets are the shadow of an empty depression there is little substance left .


  8. Suyash J

    August 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    now that ending was amazing


  9. totomai

    August 17, 2015 at 5:25 am

    bittersweet indeed.. the sonnet is very balanced here


  10. Sumana Roy

    August 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    a beautiful sonnet…joy and agony so well expressed…


  11. Mary

    August 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    ZQ, it is poems like this that make me realize what a talented poet you are! I can really feel this one, its depth, its joy, and its pain!


  12. Donna@Living From Happiness

    August 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Oh there is love, beauty and heartache here in this beautiful sonnet….I just sighed at, ‘Arms entwined, her heart, in mine I held.’ It seems that our greatest love affairs do wax and wane, but endure as opposed to those hot and quickly burnt out ones…..really loved this!


  13. Sherry Blue Sky

    August 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, I cant tell you how much this poem resonates with me. “Yes, a cloud does cover the sun sometime”….and “the lover’s body, empty to keep.” Sigh. This stage of life is when being a romantic comes back to bite us, LOL. I loved this poem, my friend. One of your best I think.


  14. C.C.

    August 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    “Waxing and waning, our shadows did meld”—love this….in any true longterm love affair, there will be waxing and waning during the melding.


  15. Sanaa Rizvi

    August 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Such a beautiful sonnet 🙂


  16. Nataša Dolenc

    August 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    so bittersweet and so lovely written.


  17. moondustwriter

    August 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    The sonnet worked beautifully for the message in this poem. The moon finds many things in sheets…


  18. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    August 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

    The shadows in sheets.. What a magnificent way to close a sonnet. Well done.



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