Blame it on the Moon
Is that true?
There is a me I don’t know?
One I cannot see,
not of my choosing, but me
My shadow self,
a midnight me that
neither ends where I begin,
nor begins where I end.
Is there a pronoun for that me?
A he, she, or whatever,
a servile acquiescent person?
A deep and darkly denied secret
which is me
and not me?
Does my shadow me know this me?
Am I influenced by midnight’s shadow
as if possessed by a blind spot,
a truth I can neither deny
Look both ways for the existential self.
Mind the gaps for what is unseen, but real.
In analytical psychology, the shadow self (aka ego-dystonic complex, repressed id, shadow aspect, or shadow archetype) is an unconscious aspect of the personality that does not correspond with the ego ideal (which is?), leading the ego to resist and project the shadow. In short, the shadow is the self’s emotional blind spot, a trickster.