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I am Your Shadow


Hannah Erskine

I know you and I see you
I am with you everyday
I help you and I hinder you
I am your shadow

I distort how you see you
I kiss you and I cut you
I press your color away
I am your shadow

I am gaunt and I am flat
I take away all that defines your soul
I grow and I shrink
I am your shadow

You escape me in the night
But as soon as the light shines
I am there at your feet
I am your shadow

But remember
You can forget me
I’m only a fraction of you
I am your shadow


I’m but one facet
I’m but one side
I cannot contain you
I am your shadow

You can listen to me
Or you can live a life of color
I am but a trace of you
I am your shadow

Sometimes I am
Your only companion
But I am you
I am your shadow

Don’t forget who you are
Don’t forget what you’ve become
I am but a small piece
I am your shadow