Mirror

My reflection and I

Do not behave

The way

Mirror images should


We do not face each other

One of us safely

Contained

In a liquid metal pool


Instead

We are shoulder to shoulder

In an empty room

We do not touch


Gazing in opposite

Directions

Studiously avoiding

Eye Contact


Neither of us ready to face

Our own

Or each other’s

Emotional and physical nakedness


Reluctant

Unwilling

To witness

The raw vulnerability


Not ready

To acknowledge

That our hearts

Are secretly needful things


We are islands

Floating in our own space

We look at the bare, white walls

Of this stark prison


Of our own making

Not able

To see each other

To recognize each other


Unable to

Offer solace

Offer comfort

In these long aching nights

26 thoughts on “Mirror

  1. This is so perfectly expressed, it brought a tear to my eye. These feelings are ones i know well. I appreciate your clarity of thought and heartfelt honesty of expression. I’ve always got a hug waiting for you. You might have to pry me off of Jasper first, though.

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      1. people are often unsure how to react to kindness and honesty of expressing appreciation from others. the most common response is to ridicule as a defense mechanism. this is why we have been subjected to scrutiny and ire all of our lives. but that never stopped us.

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      2. I was called many things. And thank god for that, as it added many facets to my life’s experience. As I’m sure it did for you. This is why you have such a strong sense of character and radiant heart.

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