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Thinner than a shadow,
the man in the mirror,
where did all the flesh go?

Consumed by what?
it begs the question,
he needs to glut,
that's my suggestion.

He's up all night,
he sleeps all day,
when does he eat?
I'm just saying.

His bones look like pin cushions,
his eyes are small and red,
If I didn't know better,
I'd swear that he was dead.

Thinner than a shadow,
the man in the mirror,
I know that if the wind blows,
he's bound to fly away.

Take him to McDonalds,
get him a Big Mac,
if he does one more single line,
he'll have a heart attack.

Thinner than a shadow,
the man in the mirror,
wait a minute, look! 
He disappeared!!

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  1. Date: 3/3/2015 8:38:00 AM

    I grew up in a family cursed by addiction. I wrote a book called "DUMMY hurtful and healing words" which deals with my coming out of that life. I think you would very much relate to it.
  1. Date: 3/2/2015 8:06:00 AM

    I enjoyed this poem, thanks for sharing xxx
  1. Date: 3/2/2015 7:38:00 AM

    This poem brings to mind my wife's clients. She works with clients with Anorexia. Reading your comment I am sure that is not the topic you were writing about but there are many ways to make ourselves disappear. Yes God is indeed good if only we allow ourselves to fall into His mercy.
  1. Date: 3/1/2015 5:55:00 PM

    this is really cool. WEre you inspired by the sTephen king novel Thinner? I loved that book and I love your poem!
  1. Date: 3/1/2015 8:01:00 AM

    That is very interesting, the lines "thinner that a shadow, the man in the mirror..." it draws in the reading and bridges the poem together. Nicely done.
  1. Date: 3/1/2015 7:05:00 AM

    Great pen Richard. Thank goodness the man in the mirror disappeared. Hugs Janet