Archive for September 12th, 2021

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Separation by Laura Crafton Gilpin

My shadow is leaving me.
It has rejected my solidness.
It says I am too definitive;
I lack ambiguity.
It is tired of my pedestrian ways.

I have offered it stability
but it wants to be free,
feathery, graceful as smoke,
to rise and drive, to dance,
most of all, to dance, unencumbered,
unrestrained by the bulk of my

I have tried to warn it
of the dangers of groundlessness
but it will not listen.

Poor shadow.
When I walk into a forest
I will find shreds of it
in all the trees.

From: Gilpin, Laura, The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe, 1977, Doubleday & Company, Inc: New York, p. 41.

Date: 1976

By: Laura Crafton Gilpin (1950-2007)