Shadow Play: An Expressive Arts Practice

"Shadow Play" Photo by Irene Rodriguez

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The call and response poem is when 2, 3, or more folks are gathered together. One person starts with a title or first line, and passes to the other person until the poem feels complete. This poem, inspired by an Irene Rodriguez photo asks us, “What if we looked at therapeutic ‘shadow work’ as ‘shadow play’?”

Shadow PLAY

Come with me, friends
strike a pose or
dance a jig
just play with me
Uncensored joy
liberate your sassy side!
Come and play with me.

Responses by Jamie Marich, Kellie Kirksey, and Irene Rodriguez

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