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Reflection of the Aftermath
by Ruan Mills Burke
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That moment when you catch sight of yourself unexpectedly...


The mirror checked me out today

It caught me unaware

The face I see

Staring back at me

Tells a story of despair

 

Upon first glance I’m shocked to see

The mask of love, undone

The face I see

Staring back at me

Is drained and overcome

 

It tells a tale of fear and woe

Where harmony be sought

The face I see

Staring back at me

Is weary, sad and fraught

 

The eyes are dull, there is no smile

The heart-break here is plain

The face I see

Staring back at me

Is full of grief and pain

 

Yes, the mirror checked me out today

I was shocked at my demise

Because the face I see

Staring back at me

I just don’t recognise.

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Reviewed by Odin Roark
As one who has done my fair share of "mirror" explorations in both my novels and poetry, I can attest to the power of reflections, be they from a manufactured ornament hanging on the wall, or the clone-like sense one gets from the quiet water's surface. As your poem reminds us of our ever changing outer wear and tear, it also signals we give our inner self the due it deserves. You've penned a simple and arresting piece of wordsmithing. Thank you.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
I think most of us have experienced this at one time or another. You have penned it perfectly. May tomorrow be a better day with a happier face in the mirror.
Reviewed by jude forese
the face can definitely reflect the state of the spirit ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
It's sad that you see yourself this way. From the pictures you post, I see a vibrant, happy woman who loves to write poetry. The sooner you stop beating up on yourself and start loving everything around you, the sooner you will feel free and happy.

I know, I've been there.

Ron
Reviewed by Donna Chandler
Well penned -- that silly mirror just doesn't know everything. :)

Donna
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley
What the mirror sees is a reflection of the inner
turmoil taking it's toll on a very tired soul.

Hugs darlin'

Love and Light
Lily
Reviewed by Budd Nelson
what the mirror sees on the surface is temporary it is what is deep inside that makes us what we are in truth. the pain will pass and the you that is will return remember that.
budd
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Even it it isn't an illusion, Ruan, fight back.
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