Doggie Shadows

Sometimes I feel like I'm chasing my own tail, round and round and round,

like a whirling dervish unable

to find God at the axis of spinning.


Dizzy and confused, I look down.

The Always Shining Light

shows me I've really been chasing

my own shadow.


When the silhouette is still,

I realize I have a choice.

It has no independent existence.


I can make the shadow wax and wane,

flicker in and out,

simply by shifting my position in the Light.


Realizing the truth,

I no longer need to chase my own tail.

My own shadow

stares back at me.

I finally catch up with myself.