My Shadow, My Friend



My shadow follows me
She has a life of her own
Walking along, behind, and beside
Wherever I go

She was born the same instant
The same moment I breathed life
We travel together as one
Wading through every strife

She watches my back
My fiercest protector
Chasing me under the sun
Haunting me like a spectre

On the shortest of days
She revels the mighty oak tree
On the longest of nights
She cradles my turbulent dreams

One is never alone in a world
Not always so shiny and bright
But even darkness cannot thrive
Without the promise of light

As the days turn to weeks
And the weeks turn to years
She carries on the memory
Of a time when I was here

Long after I am gone, she will exist
Under the remnants of my bones
Beyond the edges of my tomb
Ever watching, waiting like a stone

My shadow, my friend
You know better than most
In the end, it's you who shall live
And I'll be your warding ghost

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"My Shadow, My Friend" explores the theme of companionship with one's shadow, which is always there through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Written on February 24, 2024

Submitted by ammiemarie on February 24, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXX XCDC XEDE XAXX XFGF XXAX XXXB XHGH
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 898
Words 182
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Ammie-Marie Littke

Ammie-Marie Littke is an American writer, songwriter, multimedia designer, and data analyst. Born and raised in southwest Michigan, she learned to love music and literature from the age of 4, adapting the ability to recognize a popular song within the first few seconds of airplay on the radio. She spent much of her teenage youth exploring her creative skills, writing nearly 200 poems and song lyrics between the ages of 11 and 17. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Web Design & Interactive Media from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design Management from Bradford School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from East High School in Youngstown, Ohio. more…

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4 Comments
  • harriottronald
    Speaks to the reality of a lot of people!!!!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • SurpriseGuest
    Wow! That's kind of haunting. Very cool perspective.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • rcatron1963
    Such an amazing poem. I wish I could write half as good as you do. Excellent!
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • Symmetry60
    Fantastic write, Ammie. Absolutely loved this piece. How insightful and cleverly you've constructed this piece. Too many good lines to highlight, but the stanza that stuck out for me was:

    Long after I am gone, she will exist
    Under the remnants of my bones
    Beyond the edges of my tomb
    Ever watching, waiting like a stone
     
    LikeReply 22 months ago

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