“Evening Shadows” by Nancy Jo Allen

The sun completes

yet another cycle

casting a long shadow

that provides a vagabond’s

only traveling companion

with whom he shares thoughts

and secrets that complement

the earth’s hazy skies.

They are both world travelers,

but the sun knows where it is headed

and sees miles beyond the horizon:

it is the leader.

The man takes each day

one step at a time

shading his eyes

in the gloaming

looking ahead at cornfields

to bed down for the night

among the stalks

where he can scavenge

fresh corn, unroll  plastic

on which to place his bedding

and more to tie to tall stalks

for protection from the elements.

The follower straddles muddy ruts,

not paved paths that cramp his feet

and his style. Nature’s fall coloring

is slowly overtaking his path—

mocking his age—

and he will soon turn south

where nights are warmer.

He will glean meals

and work fields

like any migrant.

With meager wages

he will shop thrift sales

along the way, shower

at truck stops and buy coffee,

then follow the sun.

Copyright © 2023 Nancy Jo Allen

All Rights Reserved

Nancy Jo Allen lives in Columbia, Missouri. Her first poetry collection, Wrinkles in Time and in Love, is available through Kelsay Books and Amazon. Her second collection will be published fall, 2023, through Kelsay Books and available also through Amazon.

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  1. SelmaMartin dice:

    Lovely lovely! Hey Nancy. I think I know this man you talk about. He’s the one I pray for nightly. I recognized him as he looks into the gloaming and is heading south. Always following the sun. May his legs get him south soon. I feel lots in your lovely words. Thanks for penning this. Touched my soul. Blessing you.

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  2. Meelosmom dice:

    Nancy, the image of the vagabond being accompanied by the sun carried me through the poem. He clearly isn’t alone, and neither are we. Thank you for submitting!

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  3. jonicaggiano dice:

    This piece truly touched my heart. It made me feel like I believe we truly are just visiters, here for a short time, we are not the ones in charge and never have been. Your words are beautiful. I don’t know if I am reading more into this but it feels like we may all start out ahead (or think we are better off than others) but in the end on earth anyway we will all experience many of the same things. Again, this piece really touched my heart, it has depth to it, like an incredible piece of art. So beautiful, I hope that we get to hear from you again here. Thank you, hugs, Joni

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  4. michnavs dice:

    This had me pondering on so many things Nancy.

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