Watch out! My Shadow’s on the loose
with beaked visage , dressed in puce.                                               femaleangels
He’s up to no good, I can tell
trailing his embers straight from hell.

Rude, uncouth, he throws a fit,
replacing niceness with a snit.
He gets like that from time to time,
just when my life is too sublime.

They say that I should chat with him—
admit he springs from my own whim.
But what if he enlists me too
and I become a scary shrew?

What’s worse, they say that he’s a she–
“if I’m a she, then he’s like me.”
No way! I know that it’s a him.
Thinking female would be too grim.

I never thought that this offender
would ever be a transgender!
Oh heck, I’ll claim him for my own,
despite bad seeds that it has sown.

If he is me then I can stay
his acting out this very day!
I’ll say not he or she but we
and end this Shadow fricassee.

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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  1. Sautee Barb says:

    Thanks for this clever ditty. You really are funny. And I especially like the illustration.


  2. I’m keeping this to live with for a bit. During a time of going to therapy, the subject of ‘the male side’ came up and I was vehemently against such an idea. Obviously from where one is from, one has great difficulty relating to having an animus. But yes, acceptance is good and I’ve been consoling myself that I seem to attract rather good men even though …


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