Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shadows Cast By Sun--By Andrea Dietrich--United States

Shadows Cast By Sun

Oh, friends! They come and go; some pass on by
As swiftly as the sun that lights my days.
They give a little wave; I give a sigh.
It seems I barely had them in my gaze.
Sweet friends I knew from youth. Where have you gone?
My bonds with some of you I felt were strong,
But journeys that we each embarked upon
Divided us, and now I write this song.
Its lyrics tell the longing of my heart-
To see and be again with each dear friend
Who knew me when and shared a special part
which cannot be retrieved nor has an end.
For memories are shadows cast by Sun
Which haunt me even when my days are done.

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.


  1. Andrea, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to hold on to and keep in touch with all the dear friends we acquire during our life time. But it is impossible and all we do have for the most part is memories. How sweet they are however. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in such a well written poem that I throughly enjoyed. And by the way I attended BYU a whole quarter before I just had to get married 55 years ago. LOL
    Love, Charlene

  2. Wow, Andrea,

    This is so true. There are so many of my own friends from the past that I think about and miss.


  3. Hi Andrea. "Shadows Cast By Sun" is well written and articulate. I never looked at it in this light, but memories can be like "shadows cast by the sun." Thank you for sharing this.


  4. Dear Andrea -

    Such a pleasant memories of which you sing. Bonds are never broken even if long ago. Sometimes a precious moment pops into my brain and suddenly I am smiling.


  5. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    lovely nostalgic piece