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Random Act of Metaphor: The Interplay of Light and Shadow on A February Night

February 20th, 2012 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, do the shadows of a February night illuminate the twists and turns of our intricately woven lives as much as the lights that cast them?

The lamp posts, silent sentries scattered with no apparent logic around the quartet of high-rise buildings, shed a perfect sphere of shadow encased in an outer ring of light.

And in the frost-white glow of lamp light, the limbs of the winter-barren trees cast countless shadows that spread like veins across the crusted snow.

And beyond the reach of lamp light, shadows mark the outline of the frozen pond which lies slumbering beneath the quilt of winter’s night.

And far above the murky shadow of the pond, distant flickers of light from jets heading for Pearson – so feeble yet insistent in the gloomy night sky.

And sprawling below the star-starved sky, the cacophony of lights in sparkling amber reflecting back the restless pulse of the city.

The interplay of light and shadow on a February night… a random act of metaphor for the ebb and flow of joy and sorrow, laughter and weeping, rejoicing and mourning that accumulate to make up a lifetime.

~ Michael Robert Dyet is the author of “Until the Deep Water Stills – An Internet-enhanced Novel” – double winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2009. Visit Michael’s website at or the novel online companion at Visit www.smashwords.comto download a free preview of the e-book version.

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