Entry for Vivian Kirkfield’s 2023 50 Precious Words Competition. SHADOW ART received an Honorable Mention for “Imagination”.
Rules: Must be 50 words or less, have a full plot arc, and be appropriate for ages 12 and under.
By Daniella Kaufman
Word Count: 49
Wide awake as darkness crawls
painting shadows on my walls.
Quick! Before I start to fret
redesign their silhouette.
Trace their edges. Find their source.
Gather shapes and plot a course.
Add a circle. Stack a square.
Hang triangles over there.
Reimagine every part.
Goodnight walls with shadow art.