What the Shadow Eats, the Shadow Becomes by Bogdan Dragos

The abstract image of a woman's face with black buildings painted on her orange forehead and the upper half of her face having a shadow painted across it
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A great shadow seems

to have

tripped and fallen

over these memories

like a thing alive

and hungry

How lucky it is

to have stumbled upon

such treasure

I feel it

eating right now, like

a famished animal

filling its belly

with chunks not even


It’s eating her


and I can no longer

remember it


The more I try

the more blurred the

image becomes

and its sides are already


The shadow had

ingested them, assimilated

them as nutrients

What the shadow eats

the shadow becomes

And now the

memory is

only the shadow

And I’m thinking that

it has always been

the shadow

I was in love

with a

shadow all this time

She hasn’t been consumed,

only unmasked,


And she’s

as beautiful as ever

and my love

is still alive

and vibrant


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan often balances the reader upon a fine edge that separates suspense from sorrow. The shadow is a brilliant way to portray the fading memories of an individual. The chilling description in this particular piece is creative and impactful. But the heavy sadness is what touches the heart the most. The acceptance of forgetting while still holding on to what will no longer remain. Truly sad and touching.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Terveen! (=•́ܫ•̀=)

      It’s truly a shock to learn that memories in the human brain are nothing like in a computer. Meaning, memories are always altered as time goes on. Eventually we end up accepting a reality completely different from what really was, and think that’s our genuine memory of it (it’s a problem for someone like me who doesn’t like taking pictures and videos of anything that can be considered memorable in life :))

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  2. michnavs says:

    This is so beautiful…

    P. S

    I sent my submission entry too..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you! ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Very good B…….

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Big thanks, my friend! (・◡・)


  4. gwengrant says:

    How lucky to find the love is still there.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yep. In another form, but still present (´・ᴗ・`)

      Thank you, Gwen!


  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Again an amazing and brilliant way of sharing a thought. I love that you used the shadow, it is a vivid read especially when you read it slow and the way it is written. I also really like the picture that Terveen picked to accent your piece, it is perfect. Happy Memorial day and congratulations on another great piece of writing. Hugs, Joni

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    1. (ゝ◡・)ノ Thank you!

      I’m always amazed by the pictures that are chosen to go along with the posts here. The combination never failed to make perfect sense 🙂

      Happy Memorial Day to you too! (ˆ⌣ˆ)

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Thank you Dragos, love those emoji’s 🤗

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Cassa Bassa says:

    Brilliant write!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Aw, thank you very much for reading it! ᕙ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ᕗ


  7. Andrew Dabar says:

    Oh, man. You totally get it. This piece has genuinely moved me.

    The consuming sorrow of loss, which eats the flesh but leaves the bones. A cruel thing, really. A beautiful phantom haunting the one who truly loved.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. It seems you get it too, my friend. Exceptionally well.
      Welcome to the gang (⊙‿⊙)(⊙‿⊙)(⊙‿⊙)

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