The Shadow



The past is the past,

but it is also a presently casted shadow.

It will move perfectly with you,

following your every forward step.

It will mimic your figure,

but its regressive position

will only allow a distorted image.

It will always be with you.

Always on the heels of your feet,

whether you choose to notice it or not.

But, if you look toward the sun,

it will forever be behind you,

never permitting it to consume you.

Look back

and it will be there,

but look forward

and the past will be the past,

simply a presently casted shadow behind you.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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