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  no mirror
by Jeff Mason
Thursday, November 20, 2003

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For Sandy Corona, in her time of need. Sandy, my prayers are with you. It's interesting how the poem came about: Sandy simply mentioned to me in part of an e-mail: "no mirror appeals to me," and I had no idea what she meant, so I wrote a poem about that phrase, and about what it might mean.
Sometimes, the hardest place to look is inside ourselves.
Sometimes, we fear what we may find there, as we reflect upon our past; upon paths taken, and upon paths not taken. And sometimes we lose sight of our most sacred safe haven, which is inside ourselves, where we may fear to look and tread; 'nuff said.

as i gaze upon wilted
flowers in my courtyard i see
that so many things now are
no longer as they used to be

the persistent bee
that sought so desperately
to draw sweet nectar
from those flowers thirstily

has since gone
to more fertile fields
from this garden
which no longer gently yields
its fond calm reflected hope

there is no song
no mirror appeals
unto me now
nail-scratched silver faded steels
weep aloud from ev’ry slope

i cannot look
upon the broken
concrete foot-blocks’
harsh tales long spoken

for fear that i might find
yet another crack there... somewhere
in jagged lines' unkind
trails that always lead to... nowhere

my feet no longer tread
the well-worn path
that without fail safely led
me to this place

my eyes no longer see
the hidden key
that unlocked the battered gate
into this space

into this hold
where kindest new life-giving warmth
was always found

no birds alight
the barren lifeless forlorn trees
there is no sound

now bitter cold
the rusted chair no longer holds
its weight from ground

i flee from sight
no mirror appeals to me now
the grass so brown

Copyright © Jeff Mason 2003

As for "nail-scratched silver faded steels," that plays off the fact of the silver backing on mirrors. Remember, if you scratch the silver backing, the mirror no longer reflects in those places where it's been scratched; so, clearly, this sullen garden, this sad soul, has lost much of its reflectivity, its protection, it's shield.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 7/18/2007
You give beauty even to dispair.
Reviewed by Debra Conklin 1/26/2004
So sad and expresses a true sense of loss. Beautifully done.
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 11/24/2003
You are very good my friend and I salute you on your recent accomplishment. You well deserve it! ;)

Love, Janet xoxoxoxo
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 11/23/2003
Bless your heart Jeff. What a poet you truly are. Excellent work that always does things for emotions. I love her too..bless her too. Your mind is amazing--I have said it before and man I can say it again ---and I'l probably say it 50 million more times. You have such a gift. Excellent heart poetry. Sometimes it produces some of the best.

Thank You,
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader) 11/22/2003
Truly, a heart of gold...
Superbly written, beautiful poetry Jeff.

Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/22/2003
Beautifully compassionate ....truly lovely poetry Jeff....what a good friend you are.....ty, Dani
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/22/2003
Gratitude, love and friendship are companions of perseverance, the vehicle of the winners.

Inspired expressions of grace and friendship abound and flow throughout the lines of "no mirror".

Happy Healthy Life to All.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 11/21/2003
Wonderfully insightful and compassionate, Jeff! Your sensitiviy shines in your thoughtful words. :)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2003
Effective poetic expression. Congratulations on your achievement in the contest. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 11/21/2003
and what a mirror that was, such stronge words, thanks for sharing this gem Val
Reviewed by Tarek Hassan 11/21/2003
Most lovely accomplished write.My heart goes out to Sandy Corona I so hope that whatever crisis she is passing through is resolved.

Reviewed by Mike Ill (Reader) 11/20/2003
enjoyable write
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/20/2003
You are a wonderful friend. Beautiful write!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/20/2003
It's so lovely and heart touching. And congrats on a well deserved win of the poetry contest.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/20/2003
Another beautiful heartfelt write Jeff! Again congratulations!;-)
Reviewed by Libby Stone (Reader) 11/20/2003
Beautifully written. Congratulations!!!
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 11/20/2003
Jeff this is so touching for nice of you....wonderful lines here...just in case you missed my message on one of your pages...CONGRATULATIONS....on your win....floria
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/20/2003
Absolutely beautiful Jeff!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 11/20/2003
Absolutely superb :)! Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute. I am so thankful to my friends at A.D. and with me, friends are forever :D!
:D Sandy
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 11/20/2003
Yet, it is from within we become the strongest and overcome the most: may this be so for Sandi. My prayers are with her all the way. Very well written, Jeff: for it conveys the fear we often do or have felt when confronting the dark corners of our own hearts. Sandi, fear not: it will end with you saying, "Why was I so afraid? It wasn't as bad as I thought!" ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/20/2003
Jeff, you have a beautiful heart. Such devoted thoughts and gentle caring for another's comfort. Thank you for sharing. Lisa
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/20/2003
Congratulations on your winning poem.
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