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Right Hand Man
by Jennifer Holly MacDonald

Friday, October 17, 2003

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I look in the mirror and what do I see?


A mass of mistakes looking back at me.


Failures and heartaches, injustice and pain.


Betrayal, denial and love lost in vain.


Off to the right, there's a voice pitched so high.


"Why, thank you my loved one, for letting me by."


I turn to my right to see who is there


but all I do see is the bathroom so bare.


Back to the mirror I search through my face,


this time somethin's changed and clicked into place.


There's a little less failure and a slight hint of love


and the voice to the right coos like a dove.


I turn around wildly, I know what I've heard!


But there is nothing at all, no kind of bird.


Once again to the mirror I look in dismay.


The heartache I saw has now given way


to healing and kindness and oh, is it true ?


The voice to the right says it's good to be you.


I refuse and say firmly "That can't possibly be."


"Approval from others was more important than me."


"Nonesense!" says the voice, "That's gobledygook"


"You need no one's approval, just take a look."


So I do, I look back to the mirror and stare


the denial is gone and there's acceptance in there.


The betrayal, the failure, it's all just a dream.


My vision has changed to good self esteem. 


Anything of value, I do now know,


comes from acceptance of self and letting that show.

Jennifer H. MacDonald

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Reviewed by Axilea MU 2/15/2010
A philosophical exploration, with a touch of lightness. The morale of the story is inescapable and quintessential.

Axilea
Reviewed by Crow Crow (Reader) 1/12/2008
I read this beautiful poem again. It's so uplifting and every time I read it, it brings me closer to a healthier level of self-esteem. Thank you for your insight. Your insight has been invaluable! ~Crow
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 6/19/2007
Good morn - It took a while to randomly peruse - Finding myself right here to read the news - Another goes deep without being aloof - within the writing distilling proof - {beautiful} Ted
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 10/16/2006
Can you ever write!You're one fantastic poet. Great reading!
Reviewed by Karen Cino 11/24/2005
Awesome write.

The betrayal, the failure, it's all just a dream.
My vision has changed to good self esteem.

Excellent picture you have painted.

Karen
Reviewed by Joe Fleckenstein 8/8/2005
A nice little conversation with yourself. Enjoyed! --Joe

Reviewed by John Mayer 3/24/2005
Lightly flowing poetry through serious waters. Very nice.
Reviewed by Masood Lohar 1/11/2005
Please allow me to tell you that you have a composition of a great great poet. The depth of thought and the flow and a control on words is extraordinary. Lines like "A mass of mistakes looking back at me" can only come from the pens and pains of great muse...

Masood Lohar
Reviewed by Dave Harm 11/15/2004
To accept oneself, to love oneself - the ultimate gift!
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 12/6/2003
Love the way you flowed this piece...superbly done, Jennifer.
Amor
Reviewed by Rodd Jokre 12/1/2003
Hey, you're putting it how it is... Nice...


ROdd
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 11/26/2003
Beautifully written. And thanks, for reviewing my poems as well. :o)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2003
Wise introspection. Thanks for sharing it. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 10/17/2003
Wonderful self-discovery piece. Sometimes we're all the help we need if we just take the time to listen to ourselves. That little voice inside us ain't just whistlin dixie anymore.
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