The Watchers


No shadow from anything as evening gathers its objects
And eases into earshot.
Under the influx of the outtake,
                                                  Leon Battista Alberti says,
Some lights are from stars, some from the sun
And moon, and other lights are from fires.
The light from the stars makes the shadow equal to the body.
Light from fire makes it greater,
              there, under the tongue, there, under the utterance.

~from A Short History of the Shadow by Charles Wright


Photo by Sandra Peterson Ramirez