Shadow People

living where

light is blocked by others

kept away

from direct illumination

quite often

forgotten in their darkened places


are their circumstances

oft dismissed

their very real conditions

left alone

with little assistance offered


for their lack of direction


by the self-righteous

those outside

live peacefully, happily

going on

with lives and pursuits

but the light

stays with them, shines on them

while they cast

shadows on all they’ve cast aside


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on November 27, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. The ‘forgotten/abandoned’…..Remarkably…they seem to survive…sometimes even longer than those who ‘hog the light’. 😉

  2. uniqueloveharmony

  3. Sad, unfair…..but only too often the reality. Beautifully expressed!

  4. Beautiful words and definitely so true!

  5. We are all the shadow people, aren’t we?
    Beautiful written, John!

  6. This is tragically beautiful,it rings so true.

  7. Wow, this is so wonderful and true… I love the line “while they cast

    shadows on all they’ve cast asides ” just perfect…

  8. confabulated is a beautiful word. how often do we try to fill in some else’s thoughts and ideas simply because we do not understand them or worse yet, we do not like the way they choose to live.

  9. Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  10. I read “Light is blocked by others” as metaphoric, a way of summing up inequality. Artists are “blocked” by materialism, and minorities are “blocked” into run-down, neglected communities. In the literal sense, high rises block sunlight from poor neighborhoods

    Don’t laugh too hard at happy idiots. They are the largest voting block and put their own in office..

    • Thank you, Alan! 🙂 That’s a great way to look at it. It may on occasion just be metaphorical light or shadow. There is an invisible mass out there and, while we should pay more attention, we often ignore them to not just their detriment but also our own.

  11. I like the last four lines the best. You ended the poem so beautifully. Beautifully sad. Powerful.

  12. Amazing and extremely True

  13. So many places I can take this one. Love a poem that makes me think!

  14. A powerful poem…this describes many people in this world.

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