Moments of Transition and Dissonance
Shawn D. Standfast
Dark Passages is a collection of poetry caught in shadow, interweaving the remnants of memory, thought, dream, and desire.
Fire, Brimstone and Candlelight
Lost in a flow of phrases and emotions
Forever moving in motion to their rhythm
Sleet and hail burn a path through the night
With mindless movements shaping it all
Moonlight thunders past, chasing shadows
The smell of ozone and sulphur fills the air
Ghostly visions begin in euphoric delight
As fragments of misplaced moments converge
In a reflection of the storm’s fading glory
Silence shrouds once pulsating thoughts
Stillness reshapes hopes and dreams
As memories sleep in flickering candlelight
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Shawn D. Standfast was born in 1966 on an island in Northern Ontario, Canada. His early years were spent without running water, indoor plumbing, and electricity. Shawn began reading to pass the long summer days and cold winter nights. He has fond memories of reading in the silence of the rural countryside and listening to old time radio shows through a crystal radio late at night.
In his teens Shawn moved to Toronto. A high school English class sparked his interest in poetry. A few poets like John Clare, Robert Frost, and Percy Bysshe Shelley became lifelong favourites. Inspired, Shawn began writing poetry and song lyrics. In the late 1980’s Shawn stopped writing.
After relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005, Shawn began writing again and entering poetry contests. For five years running, one of his submissions was chosen for his local library poetry contest until its demise in 2018. Dark Passages is a selection of the poetry he has written while in the UK.