there are times
my reflection is unrecognizable
unpleasant to observe
muddied by the deeds
that betray my character
when lies to myself
have denounced
my identity

 I scurry away
from the image
the falsified reflection
least the guilt
of misdeeds consumes me

 I stray from the mirror
until I purge  the iniquitous act
from my thoughts and intention
when self is revived
my truth, once again alive
until I have forgiven the sin
of pretense, in order to be loved

 then, only then
do I behold my reflection
cleansed of wrongful thoughts
purified in honesty
appealing to my heart
a pulchritudinous image
to a conscience of individuality
embraced by an honest soul


20 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. It’s hard to look at ourselves with honesty. And sometimes hard to forgive ourselves for our misdeeds. But your poem, speaks truth – self forgiveness is necessary in order to see ourselves clearly and with compassion. Good write here.

  2. They always say you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror the next day…and this is what you have done here, held out the truth for us to see. The wonderful thing about this piece is that we can all so readily identify, the reader tranformed into the protagonist. Nicely done! ~peace, Jason

  3. Oh, sometimes it is definitely hard to look in the mirror because we cannot hide from what we see. But then again it is good for us to look in the mirror because we have to recognize that person and love that person with faults and all. Seeing HONESTLY the whole.

    I like this very much.

  4. ah – when we look in the mirror, we don’t only see what’s outside but what’s inside of us as well… and def. important to get our conscious clear to be able to accept ourselves

  5. If you can’t love yourself, how the hell is anybody else gonna love you? I think that phase fits with this… so important to love ourselves and know our beauty… nice write

  6. nice use of pulchritudinous….what a cool word….to truly see ourselves we have to purge those things that bring the ugliness and the only way to do that is to be honest withourselves…

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