IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

Day 8: National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

 

Sun shines in the valley
where the sun king came to stay,
shade is shy in the valley
at the king and queen’s hideaway.

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Shadows slip through the valley
down from stars to under stairs,
some secrets slip through the valley
whispered from lips of concrete heirs.

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Sun shines in the valley
on swans now savage at swim,
the sun shines in the valley
though the peasants weren’t allowed in.

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Shadows sneak through the valley
through the greed gathered within,
shadow is splitting the valley
like guillotines cutting through skin.

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Sun shines in the valley
as gold from the fountains flow,
the sun shines in the valley
where follies fade and legends grow.

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Shadows sleep in the valley
along paths where tourists thread,
shadows are stuck in the valley
like dust on ideals long dead.

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Sun shines in the valley
as Apollo rides the waves,
the sun shines in the valley
and drowns the suggestion of slaves.

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Shadows stretch through the valley
pressed into promises made,
shadow is song in the valley
on benches where kisses once laid.

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Sun shines in the valley
in the sun king’s palace of pride,
the sun shines in the valley
where they often just came to hide.

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All Words and Photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Photographs taken on Sunday 2nd April at Chateau de Versailles, Paris, in the sun.