Barry Charman

My shadow
is leaving me
for its shadow
I am happy
for it
yet anxious

In sign language
it tells me
to beware
whatever claims to be
its replacement
and leaves without
further clarification
or concern

Come the night
something covers me
like a sheet
come unto darkness

Naked and afraid
I fill this emptiness
like an animal
driven by sensation
I am draped in a shroud
of want and waste

I never knew light
until it reduced me
to a shadow's shadow

Barry Charman is a writer living in North London. He has been published in various magazines, including Ambit, Mothership Zeta, Vitality and Popshot. He has had poems published online and in print, most recently in Bewildering Stories and The Linnet’s Wings. He has a blog at