A New Light, A New Day

Wow, so here we are, my own real web page and our first real blog. Where to start? I have been writing for years, I used to keep an active blog on Myspace. Does anybody remember Myspace? Shesh, I am old right. After that, I got a Live Journal, I admit no one ever read that but not because I wasn’t interesting. I barely ever posted. I always kept a journal growing up, too. My first “diary” I was eleven. I loved writing, would write stories and poetry as a kid.
We have started The Shade of Writing as a Shadow’s Lair family venture. The Shadow’s Lair Family is a family of two dads and two kids, not to unusual. We love to travel, and will post about our travels, everyday lives, fantasy writings, and just a general hodgepodge of things. We also have a goal to one day own a family farm and shop. We will use this blog to update our progress on this goal. For those of you who found this after following the Shadow’s Lair for years, thank you for your continued support. If this is your first time reading our writing, welcome and thank you. Feel free to follow us on Patreon.


Left to Right Cera, Jayson, Damien, Aaron, 2011 Maryland Hiking trip


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Window into The Samurai Warrior

Jayson Knapp
Instructor name:  Mr. Knight
School Name: Knapp Family School

Window into The Samurai Warrior

Who were the Samurai? The Samurai were the elite warrior group of Japan. The time of the samurai was the Edo or feudal Japan period, from 1603 to 1867 in Japan. Back then Tokyo was Edo. Edo was not capital Kyoto was.  A samurai wasn’t just warriors but, they were also shoguns. Shoguns were commander-in-chief in feudal Japan, the highest rank.

What was the life of a samurai? When a boy in a samurai family is born, they give him a sword. It’s not a real sword, but it is a symbol of his future. A sword is more important than anything except for Bushido and his training.
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Damien Knight

You are perfection,
The carving of my dreams.
Like wine you
have become better
each day that passes.
A sweet flavour
my lips long to taste.
I swore I lost my muse
Here it lies dormant
this is where it was.
My heart stolen.
Ever seeking the shadows
for verse and here
you are my princess.
It flows like life giving water

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Transform (2011)

By Damien Knight

I remind myself what I feel
The ever turning wheel
Tells me how cruel life is
This body lies, it is remiss
I’ve painted myself a mask
To avoid the important task
Of acknowledging my fate
I can’t be me it’s too late
Still I must or I’d rather die
This mask I wear a broken lie
My dream is to transform
Become the man I always known

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Love’s Flowering Light (2012)

By Damien Knight

My heart is lost in the shadow place
Yet the flower of love is versatile
It can bloom in the darkest shades
Inspired by the lady’s grace
I wait here for her to find me
Passionate I burn my despairs
For I know the flowers light
Is hope in a world of broken dreams

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Happily Ever After (2012)

By Damien Knight

Insanity enters, darkness arrives
Lady I adore stay at my side
I want to taste your lips
Beloved hold a firm hand on your hips
I’ll run my fingers through your hair
Shadow queen I’ll be there
We’ll be happy together in bliss
forever eternal true loves kiss

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