Light and Shade

English: Light and shade

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What we would have given
in those days for some variety,
some light and shade
For our hides were riven,
with tears and pain to provide
some semblance of existence
So high drama, while in reality
our lives were perfect harmony
Or at least enough, no fears, no worries monetary
Just greyness by degrees

Youth is not so much wasted
on the young, as misunderstood
On such starry nights our dreams
were flung up to be so much more
than we’d begun, a triumphal parade
laced with tears, regrets and shame, a
little light and shade

Now in later years our bones
complain in simple moments and
our hair so grey barely glistens
even in the star filled night
And we crave our comforts and our security
like a blanket casually draped upon me, there
is much more in health and surety, than the glittering
painful parade, that comes with
light and shade

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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14 Responses to Light and Shade

  1. Skye says:

    I love this….Perfect timing, today, my back is hurting a lot, and my hair is a bit more grey….and I want my blankie!! Big hugs, Sis! Another incredible write! 🙂

  2. Christina ~ says:

    This is absolutely sublime… ~ I love this piece ♥ !!

  3. Brian Hughes says:

    “For our hides were riven with tears…” My hide was always getting tanned when I was a kid…and not for staying out in the sun too long either.

  4. Beautifully expressed emotions. Great post.

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