Shadow Dark

Beauty lies not in the barren landscape with trees reaching for each other in the dark and against the whistling wind. Beauty is in wrapping the year and tossing out things I forgot on purpose. I find beauty from shadowy parts of November as the earth goes quiet. A glow from within lights up my world.

p.s. Also linking to Poets and Storytellers United.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. I do a lot of purging/ donating this time of year and it always feels so good to enjoy that “lighter” feeling right after the process is done.

  2. Finding light in the shadows…you’re gifted that way, Khaya.
    Again, another cool ‘manipulated’ piece of photo-artwork.

  3. Nourish the inner glow. It will guide your footsteps on the darkest of days.

  4. I like this very much. The imagery is beautiful, and the whole reminds me of how bright the seemingly small things shine when days are darkness. The photo is awesome too.

  5. Khaya, a beautiful and moving photo and it is ethereal how the trees seem to reach for each other, supporting, caring. Enjoy life within the shadows of the month and glad there is a glow within your life, brightening it up!

  6. Khaya, there is a slight hint of warmth in the color of the clouds as if they are protecting the trees and Mother Nature in preparation for white blankets. Bravo and well done! 🙂

  7. Thank you, Maga. I like this part, “small things shine when days are darkness” of your comment, too. It talks of seeing beauty, even in the dark.

  8. It’s always fascinating to observe trees take different forms as they are swayed by wind. I’m convinced they do care and support each other. 🙂 I’m making the best of the season. I wish you lots of light and warmth as well.

  9. Khaya, I know the Norwegians have an expression: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” What expressions exist in the Finnish language? I have learned to simply dress in layers. Enjoy the week. oxox ❤

  10. It’s more or less the same as the “Norwegian” expression. I use inverted commas because the Swedes can say it’s their saying, too. 🙂 Thanks MaryAnn, enjoy the season, too. <3

  11. Khaya, interesting information in your comment. By inverted, you mean at the bottom of a word? In German, it is inverted at the bottom and on the top at the end of a quote. Be well. ox 🙂

  12. There are many things I would like to toss, but can’t. It is my burden to carry. Other things are easily discarded.
    Such is life.

  13. Lovely 💓❤️💐. My favourite part: ‘…tossing out things I forgot on purpose.’

  14. Khaya, another lifelong learner! How much snow do you get annually? We average about 120″ per year. Be well. “__”

  15. How much snow do we get annually? Hmm…I’m not sure. I’d say it depends and varies. For instance, in south of the country, it can average around 20 cm and in the north, about 1 m or more deep.

  16. On average the 120″ equals a bit more than 3 meters. Some years we have that much. Not all at once but for the winter months. Similar to your north. Be well.

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