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Portrait In The Mirror

Updated on August 26, 2013
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The fading face

In the black and white

No longer strikes me

As nostalgic, sentimental

But rather despondent, dispirited

In its silver frame

Fixed beneath

Illumination betraying

Hollow eyes

Emptying into

Manholes of brain

Waste and dregs

Webbed by crow’s feet

Tracking through crevices

Following down-turned

Scowl of mouth

Blushed in gray shadow

And ashen shades

Self-reflection

It’s time to change

That face in the mirror

Restoration, resurrection

My paintbrush

My finger

Start by raising

The corners

Of the lips

And smoothing

The brow

Then dipping

Into the palette

Of my hearts blood

I paint a blush

Upon my cheeks

And lighten

My eye

I add a twinkle

To my pupil

A highlight

To my dimple

Then I stand back

And smile

Admiring my portrait

Alive with color

Of bright living hue

Better than Mona

I boast a full smile

Out with the old

And in with the new



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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      the fading face really sets the mood for the Portrait in the mirror, both poems reflective, creative, but fading face is amazing voted up and shared :)

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      Erika 4 years ago

      I love this, Dad. Great writing about reflection and perspective. Voted up and sharing.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      To look at oneself in the mirror is often disheartening to say the least. Yet if we can change that reflection of our past dark and shadowy colors to colors of the rainbow we then will have a reflection looking back with passion and inspirations to unfold upon the world outside our very personal mirrors. My new friend and fellow poet, the picture you present below is a man smiling at the world with determination and an uplifting soul. Peace and blessings I send to you always. I agree with Frank a fading face really sets a mood. Voted up tweeted and shared.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, frank. Your support and compliments are appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, it's so much easier to smile. I like to refer to my crow's feet as laugh lines. Well earned, I might add! Love your smile!!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you to the most beautiful writer on Hubpages...I tell Beth the same things, but you and her will have to slug that one out : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Vincent! Bitterness is a poison...happiness is medicine! I'm sure you know that all too well!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      I love the counterbalance of emotion depicted in the truth of our aging marked by the mirror and the correction which can be employed by the mind to change that image. This is that fine eye of the needle which sanity passes through in a cognizant mind. Others seek more permanent and morbid solutions which to the sane person....are irrational in their conclusion. Nice work! ~WB

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll win the argument, Wayne. I have the lines too. They're not lines of strife, they're lines of loving life and laughing out loud! And thanx for the compliment. You just made my day! Oh, look - I've gained a new laugh (smile) line! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great perspective. I just try not to look in the mirror too much. :) Actually, I like who I have become and I can finally smile back at that face I see. Beautiful work, Wayne.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      bravewarrior, there is nothing wrong with those kind of lines : ) Thank you for the visit, darlin'

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes! It's what I call 'instant DIY facelift'. Your poetry is masterful, as well, Wayne! I really love this!

      Voting it!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Love it! Happiness is a choice we make every day. It requires effort.

      I'm glad you included a photo--now I know who to look for. LOL :)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Wayne Brown, Thank you very much...from the other WB!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I like the metaphor of the mirror and how we see ourselves depending on the angle with which we look. Great work!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Billy. All smiles coming your way...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, it is so good to hear from you. I appreciate your wonderful words and appreciate your visit even more!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I must admit that photo is a few years old. I wear a mustache now but I still sport the smile!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Jennifer!

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Well Wayne,

      great work, and if that potrait you made looks even more amazing. I voted up.

      I. White

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Isaak: Thank you very much!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Those two poems go hand in hand just like ham on rye. They were both excellent.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb!

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice job restoring that old portrait-by the way, wow do you have a great smile. Great poem my friend. I hit many buttons and voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Minnetonka t

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and enjoyed. For me it's like that scene in the Wizard of Oz - pay no attention to that face in the mirror.... Great pic of smiling handsome you. Loved this.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma.

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      Wow. That was a brilliant read. Now I see where your daughter's get their talents. Is that your own artwork too?

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Lesley. And yes, that is my art work.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      a beautiful reflection on a reflection. That smile says it all. Great poetry, my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Mohan!

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