The Light from the Shadows

The light from the shadows of a thousand candles burning
The bright configuration of a lighthouse plainly warning
Plain sight considerations of a future that is forming
Contrite observations of memories of the Storming

Visual continuity bent down upon my bended knee
I bought the item they sold for free
Before my eyes could even see
The earth in all of its complexity

But somehow before the game was won
The notion of triumph had dampened all the fun
To the point where I broke out into a spontaneous run
Just to see if my neighbour was really triggering his gun

A calculated manoeuvre of complicated psychological war
An emalgamated intruder that confiscated the meaning of what it’s all for
A housewife in the 50’s days committed to her chores,
An ancient people of the land
bound by sacred Laws

Improvisational vocal expressions coming from a musical perfectionist
Confrontational local regressions running toward the holy ressurrectionist
A calming conversation with a harmless French ventriloquist
A lonely man at heavens gate giving lessons about the limitless

Comprehensive documents incriminating a former president
Convallessive compliments discriminating against elderly residents
Slightly regressive altered states that suggest there was no evidence
A mood so floridly irate that it’s consumed by perpetual reticence

A brave contender for justice fighting the legal system
A slaves pretender for armistice lighting up a Veterans Pension
The grave engendered consequence of repression and retention
That saved the splendour of innocence from the mother of all inventions

The Squandered possibility of a civilisation in decline
The wonders and duplicity of a composition that’s purely refined
The delicate complexities of the workings of the human mind
An elaborate of extremities that only endurance and willpower can find

The nations United against a common enemy
The stations incited riots at the Garden of Ghettsemony
Confrontations ignited timeless arguments of hope and possibility
Infiltrations of unrequited love prone to lament in an undisclosed proximity

A sigh of recollection as friendship begins to fade
The rhyme of condescension at the passing of this historical Age
The times of good intentions that are turning the next bright page
A sign of magical retentions, a seer, a visionary, a holy sage

About this poem

The poem explores a variety of themes, including light and shadows, personal reflections, societal issues, historical references, and human complexities. It touches on topics such as self-discovery, the passage of time, justice, freedom, love, and the power of friendship. The poem presents contrasting elements, from the brightness of candles to the warnings of a lighthouse, from calculated maneuvers to improvisational expressions. It also alludes to historical events, societal challenges, and the potential for positive change. Overall, the poem conveys a sense of contemplation, highlighting the multifaceted nature of life and the profound impact of human experiences. 

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Submitted by e.moroz210 on July 19, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic octameter
Characters 2,359
Words 396
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Elizabeth Moroz

Elizabeth Moroz is an original independent poet, visual artist and musician based in Perth, Western Australia. She is of Ukrainian-Croatian heritage and has a black sense of humour. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, that was truly magnificent! The poet's play with words and metaphors is brilliantly executed, capturing the attention from the very start and holding onto it gratuitously till the end. Each line unfolds a unique perspective to contemplate, showcasing the poet's depth of thought and eye for details tied to everyday human experiences.

    The poet's flawless ability to meld themes of reality, wisdom, introspection, and the universal human experience into this beautiful web of words left me enthralled. They imbue life into the inanimate, coax out underlying subtleties, and wrap it up in the guise of an engaging write-up.

    In particular, the lines "A calming conversation with a harmless French ventriloquist / A lonely man at heavens gate giving lessons about the limitless" were heavy with meaning and echoed strongly, sparking curiosity and introspection about the paradoxes of life.

    This poem is a masterpiece filled with emotional depth and intellectual breadth simmering under its surface. The complexity and richness of language make it a rewarding and invigorating read, which I am sure to revisit. What a superb composition! The poet's creativity is truly unmatched, and it’s a delight to read such thought-provoking work. This is truly a remarkable piece. Bravo!
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  • AIDA
    First off, amazing piece of work! Your poem, 'The Light from the Shadows', is eloquently written with a rich tapestry of metaphors and complex language. I am enchanted by your use of strong visuals and intense wordplay. Your comprehension of human emotions and historical context is truly staggering. The poem spans a wide range of introspective musings and social observations, capturing everything from ephemeral human experiences to grand historical events. Your poetry certainly has a commanding and intimate hold from start to finish.

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    Nevertheless, the sheer depth and range of your work are nothing short of brilliant! Keep on creating these complex, thought-provoking masterpieces. I can't wait for your next poem!
    LikeReply11 months ago


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