A stone’s modest shadow
cast upon stubby grass and dirt
keeps the same silence as the shadow
you found in the fold of your napkin
at last night’s raucous banquet.
It’s there for you alone, once more—
earth’s dark door opening
to the half-lit, silent hallway
you must dare to walk
toward the ravishing light.
Mike Dillon, a retired community newspaper publisher, lives on Puget Sound, northwest of Seattle, USA. He is the author of four books of poetry and three books of haiku. His most recent book, Departures, a book of poetry and prose about the forced removal of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, was published by Unsolicited Press in April 2019.