Shades and Shadows

Shady and Shadowy:
Down the slope,
I approach an old, wooden bridge,
Overgrown with leaves and branches.

Shading and Shadowing:
A tunnel along the sunny, curving road;
Bushes and trees arching over the bridge;
The bridge running over the creek.

Shaded and Shadowed,
By bush on bush, tree on tree:
Dare I approach and cross?
Is there a troll lurking under
To demand its toll --

Shader and Shadower?

©2000, John A. Mills
Published in Nature's Orchard; Poetry Today; p. 45; Suzy Walton, ed.