Reflections in the Mirror

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

I look at the face that time has weathered and betrayed. I see fragments of my life distorted, contorted and twisted into pieces that reflect an unfamiliar stranger, distant and detached from who I thought I was.

REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR

By Al Garcia

I look at the face that time has weathered and betrayed.  I see fragments of my life distorted, contorted and twisted into pieces that reflect an unfamiliar stranger, distant and detached from who I thought I was.

I see the reflection in the mirror and see the face of abandoned passion and forsaken dreams.  Too late to awake the rage, the fervor or the intensity that once ignited the hunger that fed the lust for life and stirred the ambers of my youth. 

I sense the sight of me, but cannot recognize the reality that looks back at me with eyes that seem to see inside of me. And I see the lines, the scars and the creases left behind by laughter and by sorrow. I see the sunken craters on my face where once bright eyes revealed the energy within, now weakened by rivers of tears and by visions of fear that seared my heart and soul.

And it is then that I finally realize what is looking back at me.  It is the past of all I’ve been and done and said, comingled with the faces and the souls of those I never knew but who were always a part of me. 

How strange to see the past look back at you as a reflection in the mirror.  How strange to recognize the insignificance of me, when the totality of me is all that was before and all that is to come. 

I see my reflection in the mirror, and I realize that I was always simply a reflection of the past as seen and lived through the eyes of dreams that never end.


Submitted: May 22, 2021

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