Shadow-Dwellers, poetry by Melissa Ridley Elmes at
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written by: Melissa Ridley Elmes



Remember that the sun brings shadows

that in warmest bright light-filled spaces
                                                            darkest darknesses linger

felt though not seen —-
demons crowd those corners

the sun is still there —-
false comfort

demons don’t dwell on the warm
                                     they swarm the chill gloom just beyond

glimpse them in the dim —-
then turn your back if you can

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Melissa Ridley Elmes holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University, where she also teaches in the undergraduate English Studies program. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Blotter, Ink Quarterly, The World of Myth, and other print and web venues, and her first book of poetry, Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems, won the World of Myth open contract challenge and was published by Dark Myth Productions earlier this year.
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