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August 29.20: Coping


Who knows our curves and swerves,

angles, arcs,

down to our nerves?

The shadow knows.

Who knows our stride, each slip and slide,

but must keep up

tight by our side?

The shadow knows.

Who knows our pounds and rounds,

but vowed to silence

makes no sounds?

The shadow knows.

Who knows to blear, to interfere,

to block the light

its whole career?

The shadow knows.


Once upon a time, dear reader, there was a member of the family known as “the radio.” Look it up. One of its programs was called “The Shadow.” Now even I am not old enough to remember “The Shadow” (though I do remember the radio), but I am indebted to it for its immortal words: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” How awesomely ominous.

(An edit here: after I read Judy’s comment below, I realized that I am more than old enough to remember “The Shadow.” I just don’t. But in the interests of honest blogging I must clarify.)

As you know, dear reader, I have often thanked S.W. Berg, aka Bill, for his wonderful photography. This is Bill. His camera went off without him, in cahoots with his shadow. A nice conspiracy.



5 thoughts on “August 29.20: Coping

  1. I’m with you about the radio – I certainly remember it and the oldest show I remember is the Lone Ranger. I did look up the Shadow which ran from 1937 to 1954 which is a pretty long run. I remember about 8 years ago, I was sewing and listening to the radio, and my grandson came to visit. He asked me what that thing was and why was I listening to it and not music on my phone. 🙂 Ah, youth. 🙂 Happy Saturday, Maureen.

    • That strange sound you just heard was me laughing out loud. Thanks — I needed that! The question from your grandson is hilarious. I’m surprised that “The Shadow” was on for that long; I have no memory of it at all, and I grew up in a radio family. I remember The Lone Ranger only from early television. I think I have a dim memory of something called “Barn Dance” and certainly Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club, but maybe that was just Chicago. It’s a good thing our grandchildren have us to teach them ancient history!

      Happy Saturday to you too, Judy!

  2. I do remember “The Shadow.” We didn’t have a television until around 1954, so we were listening to programs on the radio up until that time. I liked “The Buster Brown” show on Saturday mornings, and later, “Space Patrol.”

    • Oh, what memories! “I’m Buster Brown! I live in a shoe!” and so forth. That used to come on right after “Movies For Kids,” sponsored by Red Goose Shoes. Ah, the early days of ads for kids. Not that we cared much about shoes, but dogs and boys who lived in shoes were intriguing. One of my early childhood traumas was being told I had to go to piano lessons on Saturday mornings and could no longer watch Saturday morning programs. I couldn’t believe how mean my parents were!

      Getting a television back then was such a big deal. Little did we know what we were in for during our lifetime!

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