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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 brazen parasite feeding on health and ingeny, pillaging my youth with savage gleam and glee; 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 © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 9/16/2017 4:38:00 PM
A very intriguing write. Filed my mind.
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Date: 9/11/2017 2:11:00 PM
Thx for visiting my mirror and I enjoyed this cameo peak into one of yours. Gerald Oliver
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 9/11/2017 2:16:00 PM
thank you so much for seeking me out and commenting. this is one of my favorites.
Date: 9/11/2017 1:44:00 PM
BTW, my poem about the man dead in his room for several days is based on a true experience. I wouldn't call it morbid at all, rather another reality of life. / M
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 9/11/2017 2:13:00 PM
funny how we read poetry through our own filters, not always getting out of the piece what the writer intends. it is the beauty of the craft.
Date: 9/11/2017 1:42:00 PM
I like this one, Thvia. We're all imposters in one way or another. Mirrors, whether male or female, are our worst enemies. I wrote a poem about mirrors many years ago. I should post it. The last stanza is my favorite. Many thanks for stopping by and being so generous with your comments. Best to you in all your writing endeavors. / M
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 9/11/2017 2:11:00 PM
please do post it, I would love to read through. thank you for taking the time to comment.
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. :)
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Date: 12/11/2013 1:30:00 AM
Nice winn Thivia, xoxo...Linda
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Date: 12/10/2013 9:39:00 PM
Congrats on the win, Thvia
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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.
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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 :)
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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
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Date: 3/2/2013 6:23:00 AM
Excellent Thanks for sharing
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Date: 1/20/2013 11:59:00 AM
I love this poem. It is witty and touches on what all women face. Well done.
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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..!
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 1/21/2013 1:33:00 AM
you punster you!
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
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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
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Date: 1/16/2013 4:33:00 PM
You make my poetry look like childs play haha. This... is... AMAZING. You inspire me
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 1/16/2013 6:42:00 PM
I think you're both wonderful. Thank you for leaving such positive comments.
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Anne Currin
Date: 1/16/2013 5:52:00 PM
Awe :) You're so wonderful, Rick <3
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 1/16/2013 4:44:00 PM
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.
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.
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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)
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Terry O'Leary
Date: 1/17/2013 6:54:00 PM
Thvia... I'm flattered, delighted... Terry
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 1/16/2013 6:44:00 PM
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.
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
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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!!!!!
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 1/16/2013 8:18:00 AM
your comment is more meaningful to me than you know Harry. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtful words.
Date: 1/11/2013 10:49:00 PM
yes we all do age nice poem
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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
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Thvia Shetley
Date: 1/16/2013 6:45:00 PM
Likewise Tim, so glad to get acquainted with you and your work!
Date: 1/11/2013 11:41:00 AM
I THINK YOURS IS BETTER WROTE THAN MINE LOVE THE METAPHORS FOR ME ITS NOT ABOUT AGING ITS SOMETHING iVE DOUBT WILL SINSE MY TEEN YEARS BUT HAY NICE TO KNOW OTHERS CAN RELATE THYANKS FOR COMMENT MATE XXX DAVIDSCOTT
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Date: 1/11/2013 7:20:00 AM
awesome pen
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Date: 1/11/2013 12:27:00 AM
that was wonderful, glad I read the blog first to know where you were coming from in this piece, welcome home
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