Write a Review

Poems from the Shadows

All Rights Reserved ©


Here's a collection of fantasy/sci-fi poetry that stretches and challenges the boundaries of the reality as we know it. This poetry collection reaches into the dark side of things and pushes the boundaries of reality as we know it. All are fantasy/sci-fi type stories written primarily in free verse like epic poems like the Epic of Beowulf, which provided some of the inspiration for these poems. At least three poems in this short collection are directly related to the Legends of Amacia series I'm working on. Those three poems are The Celestial Cat, Machine of the Ancients, and Nemesis, which happens to be a poetic rendition of the creation of Nemesis by the Emperor's Cadre in Legends of Amacia. I hope you, the readers, enjoy these poems. Please, feel free to comment on any or all of them. I don't usually write poetry, but I did these in a poetry class in UVA to help hone my writing skills. Enjoy.

Poetry / Fantasy
Age Rating:

Shadow World

The world is but a shade,

A fog of endless dreams and nightmares

None can wake from;

Illusions, ghostly shadows

That blind and sedate the mind.

The world is but a shade,

Wraithlike reflections,

Phantasms seen darkly through the glass,

A twisted chimera that seldom

Reveals its secrets.

The world is but a shade,

Vaporous mists deceiving our eyes,

Haunting echoes of deceit in our ears,

Will-o-wisps floating in the ethereal fog

Disappearing in the flood of sun.

The world is but a shade,

A mocking lie we tell one another

Without even knowing it,

A collective mirage seen

In the burning desert of reality.

When the world is but a shade,

Reality is Chaos unleashed,

A puzzle dashed to bits,

Ephemeral wisps of smoke

Blown in the tempest,

Here for a moment,

Then lost forever

In the swirling void.

If the world is truly just a shade,

Then do I really exist

Or am I just a phantom in the mists?

Is this a crimson garnet here in my hand?

Do these pink roses smell so sweet?

Are the Himalayas a mirage of the mind’s eye?

What about the ocean depths we can’t see

Or what’s beyond the farthest horizon?

How can I be sure

That my senses lie not,

Whether my memories are mine,

Or what is even real

In a world of illusion and shades?

Who is to know

That the world is but a shade,

An illusion fading away.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Stephanie: Eine sehr gute gestaltwandlergeschichte, ich liebe solche Geschichten

alexandra: Ich bekomme nicht genug davon ich kann auch nicht aufhören zu lesen ich bin in der Geschichte so vertieft und hoffe es geht weiter so

Nellie: This was definitely another wonderful book by Topper and while it seemed to be the end of the series, I am hoping that maybe we can get another book set in this story's world and timeline. I wouldn't mind seeing Anderson get a second chance mate or Lincoln maturing a bit. Maybe see Avery and Oliv...

gruenwedelchristin: This is a captivating book , though at times a bit confusing regarding Bella’s past and the involvement of her parents and other family members . Despite this , the story holds my attention… though what happened to the cute toddler twin boys , suddenly there is no mention of them which is odd …

ina: Auch das 2. Buch ist fantastisch geschrieben

Jennifer: I totally liked the whole series and read every single one of them. You are a really good author and you like to keep your readers in suspense. I couldn't keep the books down to seeing what happens next. Can't wait to read chapter 14 but while I'm working I'll look forward to reading your other...

Jazmine: This is a great book. Wish it was a little more detailed, but the author did say English isn't their first languageIt'd be insane for me to expect collage level grammar English when the majority of my country (the US) has the grammar of a 5th grader

More Recommendations

ivasulovic: Loved it! It was a warm story, romantic and erotic, I loved the way story developed and the pace it took. I wish there was more to read.

Meegan: About to start book 4 omg I'm so so addicted to this series

Janine: Wow, perfekte Story mit perfektem Schreibstil, bitte mehr

Saloni Acharya: The whole series is so good. It’s like you can’t keep it down without reading it the whole way and then start the next one. Time flies and you don’t realise it’s late night and you have to go to sleep 😂. The characters are awesome with strong plots and love every couple. 😍🥰

Janice marie: A very good read, another adventure, different characters, love it, thank you Author 👍

Mharms: It is nice that it is a serial of stories, book to book. The storyline is fast moving through history.

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.