Shadow Dancing with Chet


Be the howling moon
or the quiet wind.

Be Orion and his
starlight shield.

Be the road with no
street signs.

Be waylaid plans;
the lost map.

Arrive on the sidewalk
without knowing where
you are going.

Be the lightning bug.
The crickets,
telling secrets to
the air.

Be the couple walking
into the privacy of

Be their watch. Be
their hands.

Be the cafe always
open late, slide
into the flow of
the coffee.

Be the noodle slip
off the novice’s
chopsticks. The
soup disappearing
in the bowl

Be the siren in the
distance, the choir
music filtering
through the door of
St. Michael’s

Be the
patrons leaving the

Be the drink in their
glass. The holy water
they swim in.

Turn left.
Turn right.

Be the narrow streets,
the high beams on a
city bus. The cab called
they waved off.

Be the cracks in
the sidewalk, the steep
stairs leading 5 floors up.

Be the bright apartment
and the glow from the
lamp light coming through
the window. Want to be
that glow. See two bodies

Be the shadow behind the

-Tosha Michelle


68 thoughts on “Shadow Dancing with Chet

      1. cdog5

        Okay so far. The night is young, though, LOL Actually, we have no heat right now — and it’s kind of cold. So I’m typing these words with frozen fingers. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you kindly. I actually do have a chapbook out. It came out a couple of years ago. In hindsight, I wish I had waited. I think my poetry has improved since then. Anyway, I truly appreciate your comment. It’s always nice to hear from you

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      1. The title is Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Life, Love and Renewal. As for your second question, I just feel like my poetry is stronger now. Note, I still have a long way to go.

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  1. Living in New Orleans, so many nights like this. Late night coffee stops, not really wanting coffee. Just a quiet corner to exchange smiles over hand holding and the occasional kiss. This is wonderful, Tosha.

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  3. thefeatheredsleep

    I have to agree with what everyone else has said. this is an exquisite poem, I read it twice also and I just took more from it both times. It reads to me like a classic. Beautiful, beautiful work T. xoxo

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      1. thefeatheredsleep

        Do you ever feel that you cannot really do full justice to the beauty of a piece? This is how I felt reading your poem, it’s exquisite, I just wish I had better words to say how it made me feel and how beautiful it was. You are so talented my friend.

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      2. thefeatheredsleep

        I hope you write more. I know you kindly re-post a lot of people’s work and that’s so lovely of you but truthfully your work is outstanding I really hope you write more I know it is hard I’m going through a dry spell over-all myself but I really love your work so I am selfish in my requests! πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely rest of your week beautiful one xox

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