A Poem: Who's that in The Mirror?

Self Destruction
Self Destruction

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Who's That in The Mirror

I sit and stare at the looking glass

wondering of the face that is my past.

I know not, who I see

gazing back at me.

Golden locks, once the halo of my head

long gone, long dead.

The bluest eyes so bright

now endless pools of listless light.

Vacant hollows

swollen with heavy tears.

Framed by hooded lids...

Who's that in the mirror?

A pink blush, once my skin

a pale blanket, deathly thin.

A pallor mask, not mine

stretched by the sands of time.

A wrinkled map lines each cheek

spidering with each word I speak.

Though few and far between.

There is nothing, I know of me

or the person I used to be.

Where is the laughter?

Where is the fun?

Who's that in the mirror?

Is that a ghost from the past I see;

a long lost memory?

Somewhere deep inside

that's where I am, where I hide.

My zest for life is gone

swallowed by this malady.

I search the vacuous face I see

a haunted visage

staring blankly back at me.

Deathly thin

ashen grey...

Who's that in the mirror?

And then I see a glimmer

the faintest glow.

From deep within my soul

the weakest smile

my smile.

I am here, trapped inside

within this fragile shell.

I watch my demise.

Behind these eyes.

Behind this face.

My masquerade.

The glimmer fades

withdraws once more...

Who's that in the mirror?

Written in the memory of a young woman I once knew

I have forgiven, but I will never forget

November 2002

© 2011 Gabriel Wilson

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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Thank you for reading; I am grateful for your time and for your comments.

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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

I have to say this is absolute prose at it's best! I love dark poetry and this was recommended to me, and it is break-taking.

Voted up and super!



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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I don't have to tell you what an amazing writer you are ... but I will. This is magnificent!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Wow, I felt the pain in this one...and the picture you used is so stunningly appropriate! Powerful poem! Wow!

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lawrencebeach2010 5 years ago from Shreveport, LA

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