In the shade (an awakening)

The festive shade arranges our regret
in dark circles beneath well-lit disco balls
that perceive more than they admit.

We can try to escape — reason born
of wisdom implores the effort of 
savvy sailors drifting too close

to menacing falls — and if we find absolution 
when awakened, free of misplaced remorse, 
paint our knees penitent, prudent 

while shouting in the winds of the future,
shaking but confident in the effort of
reclaiming the shade for ourselves.


Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Awakening


My first collection of poems is available at Amazon now! If you liked this poem, you’ll love this collection. And if you didn’t like this poem, don’t worry — it’s not in there!

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

16 thoughts on “In the shade (an awakening)

  1. This is breathtakingly potent! ❤️ I especially love; “reason born of wisdom implores the effort of savvy sailors drifting too close to menacing falls.” 🙂

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