A Shadow's Plea

"I am a shadow, and I am so sad
Because everyone's thinking that I am so bad!"
Complained the shadow to Miss Tad.

Miss Tad replied:
"Alas! But you are!
You devilish fiend!
You're the evilest thing that I've ever seen!"

And so the shadow said to her:
"Oh, please, Miss!
Listen to me!
My one small wish,
A shadow's plea,
Is to be left alone in peaceful bliss.

"Stopping sunrays in their tracks
But never feeding off your snacks
Or stealing your knick-knacks
All I wish for is my dignity back!"

As Miss Tad's eyes welled up with tears,
She said "I'll tell the whole world that there's nothing to fear!
That you shadows wish to live with us here
Off the roads of injustice all people shall steer
And hold thy shadows close and dear."

And so she did;
And from the deep corners of Madrid
(Which is where they lived)
None of the shadows ran and hid
They stood proud beside every kid,
Every old and every mid
Aged boy and girl
And all lived in unison
Throughout the world.

And that is how it came to be
How shadows watch over you and me
So next time there is one you see
Remember the reason he is free
And greet him happily.

Author's Notes: Hey, shadows aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be, are they? ^_~ I think this is my longest poem, and one of my few story poems. I don't know why I like it, but it's kinda cute, I guess. ^_^
Um, one thing--line 4 of the 5th verse ("Off the roads of injustice all people shall steer") isn't an exact quote, but the words were basically taken from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech, "I Have A Dream." I felt I had to mention that; I have a lot of respect for MLK Jr. ^_^
To conclude, I just hope you had as much fun reading this poem as I had writing it--and this one was fun to write. ~MJ