Alphabet Shadows

There was no ABC,
nothing in between
those hopeful letters
and the finality of XYZ.
Just shadows of words
that could have been.

Kim M. Russell, 2018

Self Portrait – El Lissitzky
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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Camera FLASH! ~ The April Edition

Kerry says it’s time to strike a pose again with a photographic challenge for the April 30 Poems in 30 Days Challenge. In honour of this occasion, she’s featuring two portrait shots. She tells us to feel free to use one now and one later in the month, when the muse has been exhausted.

Mine is short and not so sweet.

31 thoughts on “Alphabet Shadows

  1. Oh my goodness, this makes me think of losing a child before he/she learned to talk, or of having a nonverbal autistic child. Without using the picture as a guide, of course …

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  2. A mysterious poem to me as well, I especially like the last lines “Just shadows of words
    that could have been.” They make me think of a relationship gone wrong, a failure to communicate except when leaving one behind.

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