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Narcissus

I wouldn't fall in love with my own image like Narcissus did - 
the fool!

What was it that he saw that made him so give up his heart 
for something unattainable. 

I wouldn't fall in love with my own image like Narcissus did.

Perhaps it was the pool he so adored, well, if that be;
How then it did deceive him cruelly.
Poor, poor, sad boy; if he had but received real love,
instead of nothing but a miming mug,
I'm sure, that he would not have sought to waste,
So valuable a thing as love upon a flimsy face.

I couldn't fall in love with my own image like Narcissus did,

When what I see when I look at my face
are blots, not seen when I stand in the shade,
But magnified now I move closer in.
But then he had no spots, no wrinkles too.
Still, even if mine was so smooth,
That I could fool a women's touch with it,

I do not think I could, like him, pine after my own image.

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  1. Date: 10/7/2009 5:14:00 AM
    How we are tricked sometimes. One time there was a woman can in what was called a 5 and 10 back then and picked up a cheap mirror and was really admiring her image then said oh what a lovely mirror. I am thinking a cheap lowly mirror. I like the way that you put this together. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 2:29:00 PM
    But, if he didn't love himself;' what would we be calling narssicistic tendencies? Sorry, couldn't resist. Liked you poem and wanted to welcome you to Poetry Soup. ~<><

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 4:56:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry with us Emmanuel. I enjoyed reading your poetry today. I wish you the best in your future writing endeavors. Love, Carol