Photo Challenge # 88 November 24, 2015 – Shadowy Figures

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Image: Nelson L “shadows will always follow us” CC BY 2.0

Shadowy figures

Illusions from another time

Walk the streets

Seeking a resting place

Away from the violence

The uncertainty that death brings.

The old man from under the bridge

The young girl hurrying in from work

The boy found with a leg missing

Mrs Hopkins from the bingo hall

Gladys Stokes, call girl and unlucky.

They each met an untimely death

Called to their maker before their due date

Left to wander the same streets

Wherein lie their assorted attackers.

Their focus is always in the future

Wondering when theirs will greet them.

Until then, it’s the monotonous pacing

The solace you find in kindred spirits

For that’s all they are now,

Souls, aimlessly in search of they don’t know what.

But they each believe it’s round the next corner

As elusive as it is

They believe it’s there.

 

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/photo-challenge-88/

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19 Responses to Photo Challenge # 88 November 24, 2015 – Shadowy Figures

  1. Eerie is the right word, well done invoking the ambiance of the image

  2. Sad lost souls, wonderfully captured from the photo my friend.

  3. clothespeggedpat says:

    thanks again for responding to the prompt Michael 🙂 I’m glad you liked the image and found it inspiring.

    I love the scenario you’ve so wonderfully set here – the cast of soul characters left to wander the streets … your simple phrases have just been “bang on” in offering us just enough while providing all we need to know.

    Shadowy figures
    Illusions from another time

    Stellar opening!

    But they each believe it’s round the next corner
    As elusive as it is
    They believe it’s there.

    Such a powerful ending! And everything in between – just awesome 😀

    Cheers ~ Pat

  4. mandy says:

    Kindred spirits have to stay close. Even if they are lost souls, better to be lost together. This was both sad and, dare I say, a tiny bit creepy? Especially when you’re afraid of the dark and shadows. Great piece, Michael!

  5. It made mke think of our youth today in gangs an such. My attention was glued the whole time!

  6. Bastet says:

    A strange concept – the elusiveness that something, just round the corner… but maybe not so strange in the end. This is a very convincing write Micheal, my compliments on your fertile imagination!

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