Dancing shadows

The second serpent

devoured the right hand

and the devil tied a knot

around the left

to tease and to prise

all of humankind

into the caves where

the chains hold us tight

while we watch

the shadows

dancing until the

morning light,

never to behold the

true forms

always to see the pretence

and believe it.

◄ The drunk and the priest

Through Van Gogh's eyes ►


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Jon Stainsby

Sat 11th May 2019 13:23

Thank you, Rachel.


Sat 11th May 2019 13:20

Like shadowplay on the walls of a cave--it's really a fantastic image.


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Jon Stainsby

Sat 11th May 2019 12:56

Thank you to all for the likes.

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Jon Stainsby

Sat 11th May 2019 09:22

I am always thankful for your comments and interest, Keith.

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keith jeffries

Fri 10th May 2019 21:22


what an interesting poem which incorporates and acknowledges the source and intention of evil. "Dancing until the morning light" so symbolic as evil is often at play during the hours of darkness. A very unusual poem and along with Jane it is a work of much thought for the reader.

Thank you for this

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Jon Stainsby

Thu 9th May 2019 06:29

Thank you, Jane.

<Deleted User> (21818)

Thu 9th May 2019 04:53

Interesting poem Jon; thought provoking.

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