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my shadow is politically incorrect

by Rabbitt

my shadow is politically incorrect

the slumdog millionaire
trash heap
was a charnel of squalor
and a vision of misery

not like my boyhood dump
with its aura of mysticism
and brooding smoulders
of newspapers and rags

my dump was a
natural garden
of sculpture
from piled, twisted,
and partially buried
appliances,

intermingled with rusting pipes,
broken doors and windows,
and geometric indescribables

It was a thrilling,
hellish landscape
in water and oils
that could have been painted
by Hieronymous Bosch

for a boy of nine
who lived in
the city of witches

I later learned
of another
dump
far too
foreboding
to visit

it lies in a shadow-
land too close
yet far away

piled deeper day by day
by what I cast away
a trash heap
in my deepest
mind and soul

those who seem
to know
bid me to fearlessly
face this shadow

"just me and my shadow"
as the song goes
but I have long engaged
in flight and fight
with mine

shadow-boxing
as it were
though mostly afraid
of my own shadow

over the years I have dumped
into my unconscious mind
packages of prejudice
gallons of guilt
sexual indiscretions
social shame
and mounds of malice

my shadow is the mountain
and I am the mole hill
how can I move
the mountain?

with faith, I am told,
as little as a
mustard seed
will do the job

faith to believe that tiny me
can cast the mountain
into the sea

faith to see that
a pile of dung
can be transformed
into a hymn
unsung

faith to see that
what may have been
foul and pernicious
inside of me
does not erase my dignity

faith to believe
it took every granule
of the mountain
to make me, me

and faith to trust
that in some
dimension
it will all be
transcended

if I try to return
to my boyhood dump
I might discover instead
a magnificent hotel





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Re: my shadow is politically incorrect (Score: 1 )
by ossy on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 (05:57:46)
Wow! Great piece! got my eyes and brainpower worked up until the end of the last stanza;"if I try to return to my boyhood dump I might discover instead a magnificent hotel". For me change and growth either heal our fears or make it worse. And I'd add that;"growth boycotts the young but is caught by the old".
Nice Ode.

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    Re: my shadow is politically incorrect (Score: 1 )
    by Rabbitt on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 (09:29:15)
    Thanks, ossy. Nice to hear from you.

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