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My Bathroom Mirror

My bathroom mirror amplifies
tired eyes and lines of discontent
a harsh reminder of the unfairness of life
and forces me to stare in the face
the cards I have been dealt but cannot change
I am not vain, but the bathroom mirror
believes that I am, prodding my esteem
with it's taunting illusion of superficial
desires and making me sick with longing
for all the things I do not have

Frowns furrow into my brow
and once carefree features twist
with violent acknowledgement
that I cannot go back and undo the undone
the bathroom mirror plays tricks on us all
waiting for those quiet moments
when we doubt ourselves and resolve
to change who we are entirely

But we would not have got this far
in life without being ourselves
and the bathroom mirror is a terror
that reflects back regret
and long lost dreams
failures and good times lost
the bathroom mirror amplifies
tired eyes and lines of discontent
a harsh reminder of the unfairness of life
and that's why I rarely look at it.

Copyright © Lisa Cole | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 1/26/2016 11:15:00 PM

    LISA, A great pleasure to find and read the inspiration poured from your pen today. Love ** SKAT **
  1. Date: 4/28/2011 4:47:00 AM

    I hear ya I don't like the mirror either .. nice write.cory
  1. Date: 2/8/2011 5:20:00 AM

    I don't as a rule get on with free verse very well, but I really enjoyed this piece, you've got some very nice vocabulary in here. I love "taunting illusion of superficial desires". Very nice poem.
  1. Date: 2/3/2011 10:59:00 AM

    I love this Lisa! However others often see what we don't. lol I will add this to my favs. list. You are very talented! Welcome to Poetry Soup and I hope you'll like it here. Thanks for the kind comments. Always, Annalise
  1. Date: 1/31/2011 12:09:00 AM

    So sad Lisa, yet i love what you write, there is so much beauty in your pen, one knows it comes straight from your heart. Harry
  1. Date: 1/30/2011 6:22:00 AM

    Its not the reflection, its what in the eyes my dear... just my thoughts....always Michael
  1. Date: 1/30/2011 4:41:00 AM

    Great descriptiveness in this entry. Many people feel the same way you do when they look in the mirror.
  1. Date: 1/30/2011 4:22:00 AM

    Hate to even look into the mirror at times. It never lies, excellent write.