Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shades


image from christimcguire.com


Shades 

“We may sit in the shade of a tree today because
someone planted that tree a long time ago.”
--Warren Buffett

Shade is made up of deep shadows,
a multiplicity of shadows
clinging to each other, overlapping,
pushing and shoving
in joyful play, 
in fellowship--
shades of boisterous bliss
that yearn to cool our sweaty brows.

A beautiful place for picnics,
                                 romance,
                                 contemplation,
                                 siestas,
                                 sanctuary & 
                                 meditation--

yet not all shadows
comprise or provide shade,
much like bees are insects
but not all insects are bees.

Shades often companion curtains, or stand in for 
them, or sometimes replace them. Pencil drawings 
are flat and one dimensional without shadings. 
Personalities would be shallow & colorless without 
diverse complex emotional shadings--even the sea
contains shades of change within its fathoms.

Shade is more than a
blanket as it spreads below 

the mighty maple.


Glenn Buttkus


Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub

10 comments:

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

...more than a blanket indeed. You've pondered the aspects/meanings of shade so well here. I especially liked this line
"even the sea contains shades of change within its fathoms"

When we are in Bermuda, the water has so many shades of blue, shifting, changing, as far as the eye can see. And shadows play within the waves...creating an ever moving seascape.
And a Buffet quotation to begin ... the literal icing upon the cake! :)

Grace said...

I think we are all complex, with lots of shades. Specially admire your opening lines with:

multiplicity of shadows clinging to each other, overlapping, pushing and shoving in joyful play, in fellowship-- shades of boisterous bliss.

Felt like jumping and shoving playfully ~ Thanks for joining us Glenn ~

indybev said...

A virtual bouquet of shades and shadows for us to ponder. Great write!

Mark Walters said...

I read siesta here; I need a hammock in the shade. It's a fine tribute to shady things, good and bad

said...

I adore these:

"Shades often companion curtains"

"even the sea
contains shades of change within its fathoms"

Stunning haiku.

Kim Russell said...

I thoroughly enjoyed all the different shades and the haiku was the crowning glory.

Frank Hubeny said...

I liked this line: "shades of boisterous bliss" and the idea that there are a multiplicity of deep shadows involved.

Victoria said...

I really enjoyed how you progressed from the shades of nature to the shades of the human personality. And you got me to thinking about how, when I paint, I don't want to use just one color to create a shadow. It needs more depth.

MW said...

Nature and people and a haiku...so many shades to relish here.

Alison H said...

It made me stop and think quite a lot about how e use shade and how sometimes it is our greatest ally.