a poem a day by A.J.Rao

Body on mind

Father leaves a body on mind,
A shadow for a short keeping,
A long shadow for a morning,
A shorter one for the evening .

Body is a shadow of a shadow,
A short one for the rest of day,
A very shadow to grow tenfold
Upon tenfold for beauty’s sake.

What use is a hundred shadows
When the first shadow is vapor,
A vaporous beauty rising to sky,
A white wall to hang a memory .

Of what use is this sad shadow ,
In old shirt of rolled up sleeves,
And  bare hint of smile on lips,
Just an idea of body on a mind?

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