Do Our Shadows Step Out to Dance?

Do shadows breathe
in time with our heaving lungs?
Or are they a distance away
and at the slow speed of light,
projected into creation
a moment later
as if they are moving independently?

Then the light must bounce back
for us to see,
must travel from reflective surfaces
to our retinas for translation,
for transformation from light to impulse
and on to the brain.

What happens
in the time it takes
for light to radiate
past the shapes of our outlines
to the bed, the floor, the lawn
and back into our tall eyes?

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