DESTINY’S SHADOWS

A Poem by Susan Dale

Did you stray from your appointed journey?

Or try, but couldn’t?
Or didn’t try
and so walked the path you took
Deemed from birth to be yours

Rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat
sprayed bullet words
Into an open-air cafe amongst chattering women
An assessment of your life
You did your eight,
You womanized,
Left wives, kids
Other wives: other kids

These the words that summarized your life
But didn’t tell of the demons that drove you.
Nor did any know, as did I
The way you walked on the edge
Between sunshine and shadows
Until consumed by the shadows
To be the shadows
That tried, but couldn’t
Or didn’t try
And so were destined to walk the path
Deemed from birth to be yours.

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