On a rainy day, I was in my friend’s house. During the long rumblings of the falling rains, we were engrossed in chatting away the evening. Suddenly, I noticed something: the shadows in the portico. The shadow play around this first floor portico simply attracted me. The lights seem to filter through a wooden strainer to fall on the floor clay tiles. The shadow lines were taking a diversion, converging away from the centre. Having caught my attention, I thought I would ‘click’ it up.
This isn’t the first time shadows have caught my attention. I used to wonder if I have something to learn from them. Holy Bible speaks about shadows a lot. In one place, it says, “for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow” (Job 8:9). Isn’t that citation from the Bible frightening? And another citation goes like this: My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass (Psalm 102:11).
As my thoughts ran through all this and more, and as I shared them with my friend, he walked a little away. Disturbed at my sharing, he switched off the portico lights and struck his cigarette to have his smoke.