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Poetry Sunday-Shadow Side




Shadow Side



“Do you know your shadow side?”

She one day asked of me.

A perplexed expression held my face,

While hers was hard to see.



“It is not a place of uncertainty, or one of fear my love.

It is not an illusion, or a great mystery born in the night stars above.”



“No it is but a reminder, to show the way that is true.

To surrender, let go, lighting the path, the path laid out for you.”



“So fear not your shadow side my love, for it tells of great promises inside.

Embrace the darkness and set your shadows free with arms stretched open wide.”




 © Donna Donabella 2015




This poem came out of some inner exploring during a July retreat online.  I had never thought about my shadow side, and why it might be important.  And while it has negative connotations, I find it helps me to see the light, the positive in life and to help me connect with my intuition.


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Special Note:  The pictures here are of my shadow taken last fall as I explored my garden that was going to sleep with winter’s icy kiss.




I leave you with a few additional words about our Shadow Side.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. x x
    August 23, 2015    

    I agree. We had prescribed goodness to light, and shadow to darkness. But there is comfort in the shadow as well, as there is pain in the light. And to truly be whole we must embrace both. Thoughtful piece.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks X. It took me a while to figure this out….but that wholeness is paramount.

  2. August 23, 2015    

    Yes, so very true. We have to recognize both sides of ourselves….for they each are a part of us, and we cannot deny part of our existence.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Exactly Mary! And you put it beautifully.

  3. August 23, 2015    

    Absolutely lovely – and yes to accept the shadow side is to acknowledge the light for without one there is not the other

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much Pearl…I couldn’t agree more.

  4. August 23, 2015    

    Wow!! This is such a deep & thought provoking piece. Excellent write 😀

    Lots of love,

  5. August 23, 2015 to embrace one’s shadow side to know the light

  6. August 23, 2015    

    The shadows are part of our journey & we must embrace it along with light ~ A lovely reflection ~

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much Grace! It is a part of our journey to find our light.

  7. August 23, 2015    

    For sure the shadow and darkness are so much needed, to much darkness and to much light will both make us blind.

  8. August 23, 2015    

    Yin and yang represent a wholeness

    Nice poem

    Much love…

    • August 26, 2015    

      I hadn’t thought of it that way but it is a Yin and Yang isn’t it Gillena!

  9. August 23, 2015    

    I read somewhere: “Do not fear the darkness, for in it rests the light.” It is a mantra for me. The Renaissance Italians painted using a technique called Chiaroscuro. Light and shadow. I don’t think we’d have one without the other. In ourselves as well. My shadow is a source of strength.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Always such interesting info to add to the post Susan…..thanks for adding to my understanding.

  10. August 23, 2015    

    I loved it. thanks for the inspiration this Sunday morning.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks James…so glad you enjoyed it.

  11. CC CC
    August 23, 2015    

    Interesting concept and to embrace the shadow side is an important part of embracing the whole. Cool write.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks CC….indeed we need to embrace the whole.

  12. August 23, 2015    

    I love this words… for not until we embrace the darkness that makes our light bright and obvious can we be truly whole. ♥

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks Magaly…yes truly we have to embrace the darkness.

  13. August 23, 2015    

    A wonderful poem!

  14. August 23, 2015    

    This is such a wise and loving message. I especially love the arms open wide, in acceptance. Cool.

    • August 26, 2015    

      So happy you really liked this one Sherry!

  15. August 23, 2015    

    We need both. And those days when there is insufficient light to see our shadows are dull days…so when we are hoping for more light we are simultaneously wanting the return of our shadows.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Very cool Soosie…yes when we wish for more light the shadows come too!

  16. August 23, 2015    

    We should always search for our hidden parts and allow them to reveal themselves it is part of our journey to our ultimate self.

    • August 26, 2015    

      I love reading your take on my poems Cherie….yes we must let the shadows reveal themselves along our journey.

  17. August 23, 2015    

    What quiet reassurance the reader feels as he scans the written words. So beautiful.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Oh Robin how very lovely of you to say so…thank you!

  18. August 23, 2015    

    Very familiar shadow side….Yes, “embrace and set it free”.

    • August 26, 2015    

      We all have a shadow side we should get to know.

  19. August 23, 2015    

    Our shadow is part of who we are and as such should welcome what it can offer us. We need darkness to appreciate light.

    • August 26, 2015    

      I like your take Gabriella on the shadow side.

  20. August 23, 2015    

    This is a powerful and beautiful sentiment. An old friend and I were having a conversation about this just yesterday — about coming to the realization that our weaknesses and the characteristics we like least about ourselves are just the flip side of the coin from our strengths and the characteristics we like best about ourselves.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Wow you have such interesting conversations my friend!

  21. August 23, 2015    

    both make us whole…because there’s light there will be shadow…a thought provoking piece…

    • August 26, 2015    

      Yes Sumana they both do make us whole don’t they!

  22. August 24, 2015    

    having a shadow also brings good things.. interesting piece.

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks Nataša! Happy you found it interesting!

  23. August 24, 2015    

    a shadow can be reassuring because there is light. a lovely poem to ponder on. 🙂

  24. August 24, 2015    

    Great imagery. You combined the fear and hope in the unknown in a unique way.

  25. August 25, 2015    

    Beautiful wisdom to this post and I love this note, “This poem came out of some inner exploring during a July retreat online. I had never thought about my shadow side, and why it might be important. And while it has negative connotations, I find it helps me to see the light, the positive in life and to help me connect with my intuition.” I recently read a book that delves into this…Dark Side of the Light Chasers…it’s very good! 🙂

    • August 25, 2015    

      Glad you enjoyed the poem and note Hannah….I will have to check out the book! Thanks.

  26. August 27, 2015    

    I love the idea of setting your shadow free with arms open wide … letting go of fears and negativity … yet embracing it with self-acceptance … a thoughtful poem, Donna.

  27. August 28, 2015    

    Well said!

    • August 28, 2015    

      I am so happy you think so! Thank you….

  28. August 30, 2015    

    Because I’m a redhead, Donna, I have had to make friends with shadows all my life, lest I join a family history of skin cancer. It makes it a bit easier to understand the value and good the “dark side” of myself, maybe, though I’m still learning to make friends of it. I really like your gentle approach to something we all must experience on our Journey.

    • August 30, 2015    

      I agree Ginnie it is hard to even acknowledge let alone make friends with our shadow side….taking that slow gentle approach helps me. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

  29. August 31, 2015    

    I love the lines you’ve chosen for the quote in your photo, Donna. Denying our shadows makes us weaker while acknowledging them enables us to draw more inner strength. I love the formulation you used saying that the shadow side tells of great promises inside. How thoughtful!

    • August 31, 2015    

      I am so glad you really liked this Petra…it is a personal favorite and the poem has such meaning for me.

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