My Looking Glass Self

Written by: Diana-Marie Bombardieri

I fear not the unknown
but what I cannot unleash and interpret
stifled emotions blur my vision
leaving my looking glass self – unclear

my insides are in disarray, like 
shredded confetti propelling in the wind
scattered pieces lose their bearing  
leaving my looking glass self -  astray

bewilderment surrounds me now, while
revisiting an exhausted road 
heavy footprints convey a story
leaving my looking glass self - questioning

life’s sophistication is a struggle, akin to a rubix cube
to succeed with no difficulty - cheat
moulding fate to the desired outcome
leaving my looking glass self - discreditable

I excavate buried courage, and
confront the image gazing back at me
suffering has been endured, however
the reflection stands upright and determined 
despite life’s battle, survival has conquered      
leaving my looking glass self – intact 

written by Diana-Marie Bombardieri
January 11, 2012
Originally written in 1998