Monday, March 25, 2013

Intimate Reflection

Mag 161

Not to be Reproduced, 1937 by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte
Photo courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Taales

If I turn my back on you
I can pretend 
You are not there
But because I cannot see you
Does not mean
 I cannot feel 
The hurt
The pain
The sticks and stones
That almost broke my bones

If I turn to face you and 
Look into your eyes
The story that I'd see
Deeply buried in memory
Reminds me of 
Worthless self
Not good enough
Desires and hopes
Undreamed dreams
Coming to haunt  the other me

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
March 2013


  1. OMG it's gone all Romanian on me again! I swear this is a test!

    1. in English here, darling. lol

      Very very moving, Bee, I somehow felt those words, deep deep and you know why?


  2. It is always in English it just wants to translate Romanian.

    Your English is quite good. I like your poem. A Unique take among the submissions I have read. And heart felt.

  3. Beautifully written, and quite moving...

  4. Emotional and raw - thank you.

  5. Poignant and powerful poem.


  6. A heartfelt response to the prompt. It's quite true that turning away can't stop the hurt that is deep inside, but turning to face up to it is a different matter.


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