For the Image I See is an Image that I Fear

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


For the Image I see is an Image that I Fear

 

I wake every morning to get ready for the day.

Keeping a prayer in my heart that all will be okay.

As I get ready I avoid looking in the mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I fear.

I see a little girl standing there.

In a world of her own without pain she’s had to bare.

She doesn’t have a worry or doubt within her mind.

Life is pure and simple and everything is kind.

She’s still always learning everything she can.

She trusts all she’s told about that there’s a life plan.

As the day slowly ticks along.

I feel more weak than strong.

But wherever I go I still avoid looking in the mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I fear.

I see a young girl standing there.

In a world of her own with very little pain she’s had to bare.

She still knows no life’s heartache.

Or just how much it will take.

She has a simple outlook on what life has on hand.

Not knowing that life will not always be joyful and so grand.

She still has a smile upon her face.

Not knowing of the coldness that’s a hard embrace.

It’s almost noon now and I still try to push on through.

Trying to get by, trying for a different point of view.

After lunch I clean up but again avoid the mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I fear.

I see a young woman standing there.

In a world of her own with a bit more pain she’s had to bare.

Life has given her challenges but seems to see the light.

Nothing too dark has happened and still has hope in sight.

Though there’ve been disappointments and things not gone her way.

In her heart she holds close that things will still be okay.

As the day starts to come to a close, and I start to head on out.

I pack my things and hang my head for I still have so much doubt.

As I am leaving I avoid looking all around for I don’t want to see a reflection and I avoid any mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I fear.

I see a young adult standing there.

In a world of her own with a lot of pain she’s had to bare.

Dreams that she’s had that have not come true.

She seeks another point of view.

She still has hope for tomorrow.

For not yet has she drowned in sorrow.

In whatever life gives her she still has a smile.

And still believes that there is something worthwhile.

Oh, the lies and disappointments she now begins to learn.

But still holds on way down deep that someday her dreams will be her turn.

I am at home now, and alone I shed a tear.

The day has not gone well but it’s the same day after day, year after year.

I cook a little dinner and turn on the TV.

Broken hearts and broken people seems to be all that I can see.

As I get ready to end the day.

The prayer I had to start with has now just faded away.

As I get ready to go off to bed I still avoid looking in the mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I fear.

I see all the people that I knew that I would see.

The happy little girl so joyful and so free.

The young girl learning just what life may send her way.

Still smiling and embracing each and every day.

The woman with life experiences but still has a caring heart.

Not letting life control her, and not letting happiness depart.

Where did all these go too and where are they now?

I look in the mirror and see an older woman there somehow.

She’s aged but has a smile and a peaceful look upon her face.

My mind is all a wonder, my mind is all a race.

As I close my eyes I came to see,

That all the images that were there are who I was in the past and who I can still be.

As I close my eyes I realize that tomorrow is another day.

That I don’t have to be disappointed and all will be okay.

I have all those moments with me though they may be down deep.

I still have them with me and will always keep.

And in the morning I don’t avoid the mirror.

For the image I see is an image that I no longer fear.


Submitted: October 30, 2020

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Stormbird Throneshaker

This speaks the volumes that would fill a library. Excellent beyound measure.

Mon, November 30th, 2020 12:41am

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Thank you. I truly appreciate your comment.

Sun, November 29th, 2020 5:54pm

Axel

Really great love it

Tue, December 1st, 2020 5:59pm

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Thank you.

Tue, December 1st, 2020 12:27pm

Norealle Ehab

i had to leave a comment , i can't pass this , this relates to me amd more than me it relates to my mom , the young girl she was and the sacrifices she has done , all i can say is beautifully written and right now i am becoming your fan , keep it up :)

Tue, December 8th, 2020 11:42pm

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Thank you. I really appreciate this. It’s very encouraging.

Tue, December 8th, 2020 3:46pm

niah

We all have many faces over the years.

Mon, December 14th, 2020 5:13am

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It’s true we do.

Sun, December 13th, 2020 9:22pm

raven.

I love this so much!!
It's so beautiful and satisfying, I absolutely adored it and the end was truly peaceful

Mon, December 14th, 2020 8:14am

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Thank you. I appreciate it.

Mon, December 14th, 2020 5:58am

TreeonaHill

Reading this made me feel seen and not alone. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem!

Tue, December 15th, 2020 11:51pm

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Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

Tue, December 15th, 2020 3:52pm

leilajoon

Nice poem. Sometimes we have to pretend that everything will be okay in order to keep going. Being negative results in surrendering to bad situations instead of seeking solutions.

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 6:43am

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Thank you

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 12:59am

Deblynn

Reflections of peace and acceptance. Overcoming fear with the
reality of the moment of day, time and age. Liked it!

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 12:33pm

sweet hurricane

i absolutely love it ! i can totally relate, and the end is so satisfying ! thank you for sharing

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 6:22pm

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Thank you. I appreciate it.

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 11:49am

Meaghan Kalena

Aww I really liked this! Totally what I'm going through now... I especially enjoyed the repetition of "the image i see is an image I fear".

Mon, December 28th, 2020 12:42am

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Thank you. I appreciate it.

Sun, December 27th, 2020 6:55pm

olive tree

Do not give up on that girl. She is you. Don’t abandon yourself. Fuck everything else.

Mon, December 28th, 2020 6:10pm

olive tree

The mirror of truth - of reality - becomes an object apprehensive when one’s soul circumnavigates all else in the spirit of avoidance blended with disillusionment, frustration and anger at the ridiculous expectations of others, their needless bitterness and spite, and the failure of oneself to be true to oneself.

Mon, December 28th, 2020 6:25pm

olive tree

The mirror of truth - of reality - becomes an object apprehensive when one’s soul circumnavigates all else in the spirit of avoidance blended with disillusionment, frustration and anger at the ridiculous expectations of others, their needless bitterness and spite, and the failure of oneself to be true to oneself.

Mon, December 28th, 2020 6:25pm

The Ghost-Bull

This is deep, something you can feel within. This is, by far, the most powerful poem I've read on "Booksie". Definitely going to "Like" and share it out for how meaningful, worthy and eye-catching this truly is. Getting to read a poem so powerful, it was a honor. Merry belated Christmas and Happy early New Year!

Mon, December 28th, 2020 11:43pm

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Thank you. I really appreciate this.

Mon, December 28th, 2020 4:05pm

Thoughts Before Rem

Wow I really love that this has a hopeful message to it. Honestly accepting and not fearing the pain that the world can bring you is probably the most important skill any adult can have in life. It's the only way to be able to grasp hold of any of your dreams

Sat, January 9th, 2021 5:08am

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Thank you

Thu, January 14th, 2021 6:01am

HJ FURL

You have written a truly outstanding poem to inspire us all in clear, simple verse, at such a complicated, difficult time. Thank you Cara - best wishes, and stay safe - HJ.

Mon, January 11th, 2021 12:04pm

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Thank you

Thu, January 14th, 2021 6:00am

G. Adams

That is wonderful. A realistic yet still hopeful piece. ??

Sat, April 17th, 2021 9:47am

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