The Shadow Men

The Shadow Men
The Shadow Men

Fodder for the shadow men, you and I,
around corners, behind cameras,
in nondescript vans,
we, passing the time in our lives,
through the rigors of joy and strife,
our very presence, our movements followed,
in case we cross some invisible line,
or breach some law, we’re swallowed,
by those shadow men.

Near tuffets or hollows,
behind bushes or trunks dark eyes follow,
vantage points so clandestine,
birds could be nesting, camouflage to undermine
anyone paying attention,
as they speculate our thoughts,
determine what rorts we are seeking,
what elicit inclinations are pleading
to cross that line they secure.

In silence they bear the burden of time,
for hours expending
just seeking out crime,
one step too far, one movement out of place,
to catch an act of a criminal disgrace,
and for all their time and purpose
an apprehension of substance,
a suspenseful arrest
and a voice to call ‘busted.’

Weeks on the prowl,
not problem for they,
the shadow man’s motto ‘persistence will pay’
and in the shadows of life
they are rarely even noticed,
until you do wrong and they come into focus,
appearing from nowhere,
as silent as cats, face down you will lie,
handcuffed, and that’s that.

You’ll wonder how fast
an illicit act’s found,
while they’re reading your rights,
your face flat on the ground,
and like ninjas they grin
as their pleasures hall is loaded,
in the back of a van,
you life comes into focus,
all because of the shadow men.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

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