2021 · Poems · Poemvember 2021

“Darkly Shadows”


“We Belong to the Night” © C.P. Hickey 2021




“Darkly Shadows”


I never thought much about the darkly shadows

In a sense, they existed despite their relevance to my undivided attention

Dodgy things at play in the night

Harbored within the spaces created by the lack of artificial illumination

Void black to unadjusted eyes

A world that resides slightly obscured and only be found through chance

The chance that happens when you take an elderly incontinent dog outside for its last relief break of the day

The kind of chance that arrives uninvited and takes a patient moment to watch your habits

Habits formed over time and through a gradually cultivated false sense of security

The kind of chance that believes all is safe

Which is just an illusion

It is a self-lie created to divert doubt and paralysis

A belief suggested and accepted all at once in order to move forward

Even though he smallest lie possesses within it the potential to grow beyond the reach and control of its engineer

Darkly shadows create horrors unimagined



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Christopher P. Hickey makes his home in Malden, MA, with his Wife and Children. He facilitates The Malden Writers’ Collaborative. When not working as an administrator at Harvard University, he creates content for his blog ProCrasstheNation.com.  The blog content spans the range from irreverent to philosophical. Picking up casual photography in recent years, he always tries to capture the light all around him.  Christopher enjoys spending time helping writing colleagues.


He is currently working on a series of short stories or perhaps a novella this November while participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Christopher will attempt to eclipse the 50,000 word mark for a second year in a row.


If you would like to contact Christopher, please contact him at: authorcphickey@gmail.com


There are many projects on tap at the end of this year, so please stay tuned. The month of November promises to be rich with poetry, and we’ll be looking into creating another Advent Calendar of blog posts for 2021. We’ll see a different story, memory, picture, etc. behind a series of mysterious and decorated doors.

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