i confess that people in my life are like shadows cast upon a screen. though they reach out, they cannot touch me. their voices blend with the rushing wind, as real as stars at noon, sun at night. they come & go, rise & fall & fade. only You stay steady, Lord Shiva. You are seated firmly in the heart & my life is circling around You, held fast by an unbreakable cord. Your fragrance tells me that You are near. we are invisibly blended, wed, & the party is in full swing now in my heart's most resonant chamber. the shadow people, slowly turning, seem to move in time with Your music which is leaking out through all my pores, drenching the surroundings with Your love. my hand, in Your hand, reaches to them to whirl us in a vast circle dance.