So far in this commemoration, there have been a blending of tones. Some of the posts have had a sad tone and some have been a little brighter. In some ways, it has been a balance. When thinking of Shadow, there is a mixture of sadness that he is gone, and happiness at the dog he was.
In terms of poetry, as posts on this blog generally relate to, this idea of balancing emotions can be applied to writing poems.
There are many instances in life where emotions are blended, the death of a pet like Shadow being a very good example. These moments are sad, but at times, when thinking back, there can be moments of happiness. Other instances in life have a different blend of emotions. This general idea of blending emotions can be applied to poetry.
Here is a poem about Shadow. It blends the emotions of sadness and happiness and also blends the forms of blank verse (for the sad part) and rhyming iambic tetrameter (for the happier part).
A shadow is upon an empty home,
where once a Shadow dwelt with joy and life,
at times when once his life it could be felt,
right now a shadow can’t be held at all.
Yet there in thoughts a light does shine,
when in the mind his joy is felt,
the shadow moves behind the line,
and in the heart the pain does melt.