When Shadows Scream

Peder Severin Krøyer [Public domain] “Summer Evening at Skagen beach, the artist and his wife”

If beneath the blue and honeyed light,
we dream of love, and watch
milk-lather waves in tumbling play,

then we can recall those dreams
when shadows scream
and mind-aches sway

our thoughts—
there’s evil about
and cold winds blow, my love,

but there! They sweep the sky
of storms, and blanketed against the air,
we wait for sun-dazzled caramel rays

to cast aside the haunted winter-breath
and with summer-warmth overlay.

The Oracle kept giving me “shadow,” today, and it made me think of the Lady of Shallott,
“I am half sick of shadows,” said
The Lady of Shalott.”
And aren’t we all?

“I am half sick of shadows,” said
The Lady of Shalott.” John William Waterhouse

49 thoughts on “When Shadows Scream

  1. We expect shadows to whisper, not scream, but the Lady of Shalott expressed herself in no uncertain terms, just as you do here. “If winter comes can spring be far behind?” Yes, spring can seem “far behind,” even though we know it comes in the next cycle.

  2. Lovely, Merril, and, like Jill noted, at least we’re getting longer days. I’m looking forward to the sun rising earlier so I might get up earlier for my walks. I could (and have) walked before sunrise but I prefer not to. If I do, I’d have to wear a reflective vest since most of my walking is on roads. Makes me feel silly 😉

  3. Fabulous, Merril!
    Interesting that your opening pic was not The Lady of Shalott.
    Well, you weave with the Oracle.
    When you weave, there are tails to contend with. So your tail is The Lady of Shalott.

  4. The lady of shallot used is one of my favourites! Seems like any other normal poem but has to be understood in great depth in order to get a better analysis of it.
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