Shadows: A Collection of Broken Dreams and Heartaches

Shadows: A Collection of Broken Dreams and Heartaches

by Aren K. Manahan

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ISBN-13: 9781475963519
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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SHADOWS

A Collection of Broken Dreams and Heartaches
By AREN K. MANAHAN

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Aren K. Manahan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4759-6351-9


Introduction

Basic raw emotions—they can lift you up as if you were floating on a cloud and can just as easily let you spiral down. It is perplexing, when you think about it, how we can allow our emotions to dictate our lives. At the happiest times, people tend to allow everyone in their lives, basking in all of the joy. On the flip side, when saddened, people tend to shy away and retreat to solitude. Some do it to keep others at bay; others do it to protect themselves from getting hurt further.

Heartache of any type has a way of intruding on one's life, regardless of the source, the pain will always hurt. Its how we choose to deal with it that makes the difference. Sometimes, when it becomes too overwhelming, some lash out—or even worse, they start to hide their true feelings, putting on a façade.

The focus of this book will be heartache—not only how it affects people, but also how they chose to deal with it. This book is titled Shadows, as that is what these pieces are: a once-glorious feeling turned ill, with only the memory remaining to haunt us.

This collection of short stories and free form poetry is inspired by society as I have seen it and been able to relate to it. Though the stories I have heard or witnessed may not be the same, I was able to relate to the pain, and I know others can too. Something or someone has caused the heart to tear a little bit more. Some of us have been able to pull out of this state of disarray, but others need to go through a few more heartaches before taking control of the pain.

The characters in Shadows feel a great deal of pain, mostly because they are alone, dwell in misery, and refuse to allow anyone else in. They are too scared to let down their guard and perhaps even a little ashamed of their feelings. The pain then becomes a secret that is swept under the rug, allowing it to haunt them. The characters are comforted with these feelings, and they make a choice of how they will work through their issues.

To further emphasize the characters' emotional states of being, some of the stories are accompanied by images. They are not meant to be an addition to the book, but an enhancement to the text to provide more insight to the story.

Shadows, highlights the hurt that we all feel at times. As stated earlier, some are able to cope with the pain, and for others, it destroys them. Shadows will emphasize the fact that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a happy ending. We have all had shadows pass through us at one point in time, and it is time we confront and let them go.

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Table of Contents

Contents

SECTION I....................1
Where Is My Winter Wonderland?....................3
Darkness....................7
Abandoned....................11
Dream....................15
Kiss of Death....................19
Aurora....................23
Love's Ghost....................33
Emptiness....................37
Sorrow....................41
One Wish....................45
Lake of Shadows....................49
Starlight....................55
The Last Waltz....................59
Memory....................63
Fading....................67
Lost....................71
SECTION II....................75
Angel....................77
A Cry for Help....................81
Gone Too Soon....................85
Regrets....................89
Lady in Blue....................93
Letting Go....................103
Falling....................107
Spring Fling....................111
Thief in the Night....................115
Fall from Grace....................119
Destiny....................123
Perseverance....................127
A Glimpse of Light....................131
Roots....................135
A Point in Time....................139
Farewell....................143

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