Shadow (Senryu string)


You can’t trap shadow
how much ever you try to
stubborn companion

It sits beside you
stands, dances, applauds, stalks, talks
it’s your life time mate

plays games with light
varies in size, position
like a mature child

dark sinuous in front
when you walk, in constant flux
lights push it behind

surface shadows float
dark shadows dwell inside you
rid them all to rise

your shadow a friend
unless you let it tower
ignore it and live

it’s your reflection
do not fear, hold it at bay
till it’ll merge in you


A Senryu is a short poetry similar to a haiku of three lines with 5-7-5 syllable count. Senryu tends to be about human foibles while haiku tends to be about nature. I have written a number of Senryu on the same topic as a continued string.

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About Sunila K

Based in Canary Islands, Spain, Sunila Khemchandani is a teacher, translator and writes poetry for love of English Literature. She has several poems published in English anthology collections (Wings, Change, Indus Valley, Heavenly Hymns, Poetic Symphonies, Synthesis - The Duet Anthology and in two of Brian Wrixon’s anthologies). In 2008, she won the position of the best annual poet in Besides writing poems, she translates spiritual articles, books of her spiritual master, proof reading and transciption. Some of her translated works have been published and circulating.

4 thoughts on “Shadow (Senryu string)

  1. VijayNair

    A masterly and ingenious Senryu powerpoint ‘presentation’ uncovering the quintessence of your Shadow .


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