. The Shadow of My Sorrow As soon as day has dawned and night is done, The shadow of my sorrow follows me, Outgrows the shape by which it came to be, Consuming it when night is new begun; And being my likeness, how can I outrun My other self, since self from self can’t flee? Thus it is bound to keep me company, So long as I shall walk beneath the sun; But why would I e’er flee from such a form, Which holds me close, and never shall part ways; Whose very blackness brightens bygone days, And unconceals my star, who feels so warm? Then am I right, or right at my wit’s end, To think that sorrow’s shadow is my friend? . . Daniel Joseph Howard studied law in his native Ireland before taking his MA in philosophy at King’s College London. After working in the European Commission, he is now pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Boston College.