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Ode to an impostor

What smug pseudomorph inhabits my reflection,
adroitly mimicking my every manner and expression,
mercilessly mocking me with flawless simulation?
She is the great pretender;
a master counterfeiter;
a furtive opportunist;
a thieving imitator.
She is a soul-sucking demon of the gravest degree;
a predatory parasite dining on youth and ingeny.
She pillages my health with brazen meretricity;
siphoning my precious hollow of vitality.
Time ticks across my aging face
while our eyes lock in defiance,
and in the end, my spurious friend
will demand my full compliance.
So, with a twinkling eye I wink at my mirrored facade,
acknowledging this fearsome foe with a playful nod.
Respectfully reciprocal, she gestures back to me in kind,
and we part as esteemed enemies, to my last breath resigned.

Copyright © Thvia Stein

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  1. Date: 4/21/2015 10:23:00 PM
    The enemy within, must have been born in sin. Our sanity, humanity and grace sometime's can't win. We do our best to live in jest, but then it's just not funny. We just digest and then divest with very little money. Keep your chin up or you'll run into a wall. :)

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 1:30:00 AM
    Nice winn Thivia, xoxo...Linda

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 9:39:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Thvia

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 3:50:00 PM
    this is such a cool poem. Awesome in fact, and congrats to you. I seldom get to see you any more,Thvia. HOpe you are doing ok.

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 11:45:00 AM
    - Congratulations on your winning poem in: "Put Your Best Rhyme Forward" contest: Sponsored by: Just That Archaic Poet - Nice to take part - a pleasure to read yours Thvia - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Great poem! Love the creativity and the depth in which you write. Fine mind you have! I'll have to come visit again! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 3/2/2013 6:23:00 AM
    Excellent Thanks for sharing

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 11:59:00 AM
    I love this poem. It is witty and touches on what all women face. Well done.

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 4:52:00 AM
    Well Thvia; a very reflective write one May say.." L O L)) enjoyed the turn of Thought and phrases here..!

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/21/2013 1:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you punster you!
  1. Date: 1/18/2013 3:14:00 PM
    This is one hack of a poem. This poem shows your talent for writing. Thanks for sharing this with us. Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 10:22:00 AM
    Great write on a topic which touches many lives. I am pleased to have met you and have the pleasure of looking forward to many more offerings from your talented pen, Thvia. I do not fear aging, but the day I looked in the mirror and my mother looked back at me, I decided it was time for a total makeover... :-) I love your playful portrayal of your acceptance of what we cannot after all not change. ~ Su

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/21/2013 1:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am seeing my mother now as well. I have always been the spitting image of her but I am truly seeing it now.
  1. Date: 1/17/2013 11:08:00 AM
    Ah Thvia age comes to all of us but as long as your writing does not deteriorate you will be fine, excellent piece of work very well crafted....David

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 6:33:00 PM
    Ah yes, aging, the passage of time -- I suppose the purpose for writing this poem in the first place, could be to face it, and face it positively, as your end-stanza reflects. Just look at Harry's nice comment. How can anyone top that? Well, from the first poems of yours that I read, I could tell right away how you are a sharp writer, and it shows here once again. Now, take the come-back momentum and keep going with it :D

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/16/2013 6:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're spot on with my purpose here Chris. Funnily enough, I'm working on something right this moment but it seems to be taking its time coming together. I hope to post it tonight but it's still a ways off. Maybe tomorrow is a more reasonable time frame. Thank you for always leaving me with kindness and encouragement.
  1. Date: 1/16/2013 4:33:00 PM
    You make my poetry look like childs play haha. This... is... AMAZING. You inspire me

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/16/2013 6:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think you're both wonderful. Thank you for leaving such positive comments.
    Currin Avatar Anne Currin
    Date: 1/16/2013 5:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awe :) You're so wonderful, Rick <3
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/16/2013 4:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't sell yourself short Anne, I love your poetry. No one else expresses in the same way, that's what makes poetry so amazing. You my dear are amazing and talented.
  1. Date: 1/16/2013 2:13:00 PM
    You my dear are exceptional, loved it loved it loved it. Going straight to my favorites. I am amazed I have not read your work till now. I will definately spend more time here.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 12:21:00 PM
    Is it an imposter or a stalker... relentlessly clinging like an anchor... pulling down, down, down... until you both cease... together and forever... Terry (exquisite poem... glad I've discovered you)

    O'Leary Avatar Terry O'Leary
    Date: 1/17/2013 6:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thvia... I'm flattered, delighted... Terry
    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/16/2013 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Terry, Terry, Terry. I have shared your poetry far and wide within my social media circles. I hope you don't mind. I love it that much.
  1. Date: 1/16/2013 8:54:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading this humorous work..I got some good chuckles this morn..Yes, as we get older that person in the mirror is the same that is within..Sara

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 7:40:00 AM
    bloody hell i've just seen you,, it is nearly 3 years since your wonderful poetry graced this site... and wow what a poem to return with... yes age and time, you construct so well in your poem,,, but your image to me comes through your poetry Thvia, and your wonderful words are timeless and ageless, and more inportantly you give a lot of pleasure to your reader...and that is priceless!!!!!

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/16/2013 8:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    your comment is more meaningful to me than you know Harry. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtful words.
  1. Date: 1/11/2013 10:49:00 PM
    yes we all do age nice poem

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Thvia - Thank you for your blog and for this fine and insightful poem...I have been on the Soup for around four years and somehow managed to miss you...Welcome back and I am glad that your health is improving - Tim

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein
    Date: 1/16/2013 6:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Likewise Tim, so glad to get acquainted with you and your work!