Michael…….so I would say ‘dark.morbid shadow’ reinforces the metaphor but the ‘juicy meat bones’ strengthens the literal interpretation. I would try and link the latter with something that emphasizes what you really want to say or use a different hook in your final line.
I hope your writing is as therapeutic and healing for you as it is a rewarding outlet for self-expression. The
key mantra for me at the moment is persistence and resilience.