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Shadow Boy

by Cheryl Frances-Hoad From The Thought Machine (2016)

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Shadow Boy
English source: Kate Wakeling

Shadow boy’s as shy as they come.
Dark as charcoal,
thin as air,
he tiptoes at the heels of his friends,
or lingers
under trees,
behind the wall,
at the base of a lamppost,
hoping to catch
a friendly foot.

Shadow boy’s as shy as they come.
He tries his best
to brave the dark,
to grow taller
and taller
as the sun sets.
But come the night,
shy shadow boy can only fade
then wait
until the bright dawn breaks.


Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl's music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The…

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