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Through the Looking Glass

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Through the Looking Glass

The mirror reflected her face, pained with
Hate and self-loathing
Rueing her actions from the night before
On waking to find herself naked, lying beside him
Under the influence of alcohol, she had
Given in and made love to him, now, she chastised 
Herself for letting him make his move

There had once been a time, when
His touch was all she desired, but that fire had been
Extinguished many years ago

Love had disappeared in an instant
Once he had started playing his game and his
Omnipotence had came to the fore,
King had taken Queen
In his opening play and he’d taken control
Now he was on the offensive again and
Giving herself to him, had gained him the upper hand

Gathering her resolve, she put aside her
Lamentations and regrets, closing her door silently
As he lay quietly, still deep in sleep; 
She stepped into the shower, the water removing all trace of him as
She contemplated her next strategic, defensive move.

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 4:44:00 AM
    I love the water element that u use here to wash that kind of grime...interesting...^_^ v

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 8:46:00 AM
    Yes! All to often, between the sexes it becomes a battle of the wills. Great writing, Janette.

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 3:25:00 AM
    Congratulations Janette, on your success in Jared Picket’s acrostic contest with this poem. Your creativity is glowing! Smiles, Dane Ann.

  1. Date: 5/25/2010 10:53:00 AM
    Wonderful Acrostic Janette, well deserving of it's win in Jared's fine contest >> James

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 5:19:00 PM
    Terrific poem!!!! And, the creativty to have it read as an Acrostic - pure genius. Nicely done. Check and Check Mate. Joe

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 10:51:00 AM
    Congrats Janette on your winning poem in Jared's contest with this great write.. enjoy your win..luv.. Linda-marie..

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 10:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Jared's contest Janette. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 10:01:00 AM
    Great acrostic. congratulations. Joyce

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 7:34:00 AM
    Wow! This is truly amazing! Good luck if it is for the contest! Thanks for your kind congrats on my feature Janette, so very thoughtful of you. Hope you are doing well. hugs, shar xoxo

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 12:58:00 PM
    This is brilliant - builds up like a living game of chess. The way you use acronyms is interesting as well - usually when I read a poem where each beginning letter spells a word or phrase, I can see where the writer struggles to make it happen. You pull it off nicely, though, as if it were simply meant to be written that way.

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 9:11:00 AM
    Unbelievable (!) writing here, Janette ... WOW did you tell my story ... LOL ... this is a keeper for sure and I've added it to my favorite list. Just a brillant Acrostic (which are difficult) and weaving the characters of King and Queen from Alice's story is just great. Hope you have lots of sunshine and a wonderful weekend ... thanks for all your recent comments ...

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 12:12:00 PM
    Great poem, and thanks for your congrats on 'Last Walk' - I am glad I have discovered your excellent poetry!

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 7:47:00 AM
    Nicely worded, I enjoyed the read. Thanks for the kind comments....God Bless...Taz

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 2:55:00 PM
    yes.....sometimes it just too much and we do what we know will only hurt us! What an excellent write. Please read Love Laced. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 1:48:00 PM
    WOW, cheating takes alot of brain power huh? this poem is great and reads so well just like a story you know. Maybe you should write books or something or even short stories. Have a great day.:)

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 8:49:00 AM
    Thank you for choosing my poem for first. It was based on a real emotion when I heard that old familiar song that I had not heard since childhood. I am not sure that I have figured out the new soupmail so am trying to email you. thanks again. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 2:52:00 AM
    Well penned poem. I enjoyed it. Nice passionate write

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 8:38:00 PM
    Hi Janette.. I see my poem has received a placement in your contest however I cannot find the winners list ... the contest is closed and judged already? just checking to see what happened as three contests have been judged and posted today but not yours... OK..have a Happy Mother's Day..luv..Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 1:01:00 PM
    Hopefully, she will find the strength to leave, Janette. It's not easy, but when someone treats like a player on a chess board and all feeling has left the relationship, it's time to start anew. Very well written. Love, Carolyn