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Beautiful Stranger
by Bernice Angoh Lakota

Thursday, April 24, 2008
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(When was the last time you said those words....)

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There is a stranger
staring back
from your bathroom mirror
to be acknowledged
be loved
for your undivided attention
a stare
a look
and if only
for you to say
with a smile as added bonus,
"Hello there, beautiful stranger"

(Have you really seen yourself, looked into your eyes and seen you? Make it a habit, go on a quest to love yourself, wherever you see your reflection, say, whisper or think "Hey there beautiful stranger" Try it!)

Copyright © 2008 by Bernice Angoh





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Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/28/2008
Lovely write Bernise

Love & peace be with you
Reviewed by Carin Spirit 4/26/2008
I am going to do it! Thank you!, Warmth and Love, Carin'
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/25/2008
I try to hide from mirrors and pictures... :~)
Always wishing that others could see more of what is inside than outside... but then, I don't think that they would necessarily like that anymore than the outside, so maybe I should just be happy with what is...
Being comfortable with oneself is an important thing, but oh, so difficult!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/25/2008
Aye, this rings so true on many levels, Bernice. I wonder if it is because I am a humorist I find it difficult to take self-esteem seriously? Yet it would do me so much good, I think. I am a slow learner at life, but your encouragement heartens and eggs me on in ways that I can receive the message. Thank you for this, from one who always thinks of herself as "strange"! :)) Love, Kate xx
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 4/25/2008
Gosh I had this written and somehow i lost it before i could post it!!! I just don't like looking at myself in the mirror, yet when I do I see something different than photos of myself...which are really bad. Of course they say that photos don't my oh my, I am ugly!!! I know part is because I put on weight which i am in the process of working to get it off. But what makes it worse is my teeth are so bad, I am embarrassed to smile. I just can't afford to get my teeth fixed.
Like Michael Guy, I feel better inside that how i look.
Reviewed by Michael Guy 4/25/2008
Good poem, but I often say to myself I'd like to run the experiment of a "house without mirrors". That way I would always see myself in my mind the way I was in my thirties (my best age period) I often FEEL inside better than I actually look! (still doing OK for fifties!)
You certainly bring up the poetic wonderings in your poems....
Later, michael
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/25/2008
I have often said I love the one who looks back at me when I look in my mirror. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 4/25/2008
Beautiful Morning
Beautiful Bernice
Beautiful Poem
Beautiful You
Beautiful Day
Beautiful Friend
Thats YOU
& Yes I Need To Fully Re-See Me, I Been Gone For A Long Time
Love & Hugs Always
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/25/2008
Great message we all can learn from, if only we could love ourselves as God does. Might change our whole outlook on things, ya know?? Very well penned; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/24/2008
That dude looking back at me from the mirror is a rude one, some mornings he just show me his tongue in contempt.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/24/2008
Sounds like a good way to start feeling good about yurself!
clever poem!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/24/2008
Very uplifting and sound advice for everyone to follow as it all begins with the love and respect one has for themselves before they can shed their light on others....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 4/24/2008
I like this because I have to look in the mirror daily and tell myself I am going to have a good day. I really think it works 80% of the time. I agree with the others... Great wisdom.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/24/2008
What wisdom in these lines - excellent, Bernice!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

My new favorite of yours -
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/24/2008

Striking and wise... wonderful and profound "Beautiful Stranger".

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by J. Evans 4/24/2008
Great job Bernice. We all need to be loved... even if we are loved by ourselves.

J. Earl Evans
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/24/2008
I enjoyed this write Bernice and you are so right, we often try to compliment and be nice to all we meet in our day to day lifes but all too often forget to take time out to compliment or pat ourselves on the back. This is the first time I have read your work but look forward to reading lots more.
Reviewed by Charlie 4/24/2008
I do love a challenge... --Charlie
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 4/24/2008
Not an easy thing to do you ask of us Bernice. I didn't look in a mirror for years and now finally graduated to looking at pictures, but a mirror? aaaggghhh! You drive a hard bargain, but you are right. Thanks for sharing, Deborah

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