Gaze into the mirror,
at the face behind the mask
and wonder if it's really you,
or don’t you dare to ask?

Who can know what lies beyond
the mirrors fragile face,
reflections of another life;
another time and place?

Touch the chill upon the glass
and see a tiny ripple,
was it real or in your mind,
did it really feel so supple?

Gaze into those empty eyes
and fall into the depths
of a soul that once was full of life,
so youthful and adept.

Look to see what lies beneath,
to feel the piercing pain
of a cold, tired and tortured mind,
so old and now so drained.

Seek the truth, as only one
who dares, could ever see,
touch the glass with hard resolve…
“Do you want to set it free?”

As tears return to trace the tracks
they've travelled so many days,
to feel a cold and empty heart
as it fades into the haze.

Wrap yourself in a cold embrace
as it slowly disappears,
until finally you understand
where you've been for all these years.

A cry escapes from silent lips
as knowledge flows like sand,
your former self now fades from view,
beseeching, held out hands.

As you gaze into the trembling glass,
your thoughts so far away,
just who is really watching who
and who can really say?

Written by Darren Scanlon, 12th May 2014.

Revised 21stSeptember 2016.
©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. alfgarnet says:

    Good words, my friend and very well put together take care

    Liked by 1 person

  2. philbo62 says:

    Bertrand Russell could not have put it better himself. Nice one Maestro

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow…cheers Phil!


  3. olganm says:

    Beautiful and deep. A philosophical question

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed… Thanks Olga 😊


  4. gh0stpupp3t says:

    Darren, that was lovely ❤

    Liked by 1 person

      1. gh0stpupp3t says:

        You write such beautiful poetry. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. You are too kind, Sam, thankyou very much 😊😊


  5. nice write…really liked this, good job 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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