Mirror Mirror

20 Feb

A man stands in front of a mirror:

He sees a man frustrated,
We see a man afraid of help

He sees a man tired and active,
We see a man lazy and afraid

He sees a father who wasn’t there
We see him blind to his own kin

He sees a family tree, strong
We see it ablaze, match by his side

He sees everyone has left,
We see their ashes in his wake

He sees ‘friends’ all around,
We see a lonely man

He sees strength and bravado,
We see weakness and cowardice

He sees lies and perversions,
We see the truth and reality

He sees no responsibilities, no consequences
We see his failures, those he has hurt

He sees blame in everyone’s eyes
We see a scared boy hiding as a man

He sees an uncle,
We see no one

He sees a brother,
We see no one

He sees a son,
We see no one

He sees a father,
We see no one


Posted by on Wednesday 20th February, 2013 in Poetry


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2 responses to “Mirror Mirror

  1. ladielexi

    Tuesday 26th February, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Love this poem! This is so true, condensed into few words with a much deeper meaning. It’s darkly, intensely, realistically beautiful.
    Very nice poem.

    • withheldindarkness

      Tuesday 26th February, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I think depression/addictions is a marvel, the facade that one can “see” and the truth that others “see”. The truth seems so hard to speak and others to see …


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