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 or 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 empty eyes

and fall into the depths

of a soul once so 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 stained.


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 lovers 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,

who is really watching who

and who can really say.



Written by Darren Scanlon, 12th May 2014.

Revised 17th September 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



14 Comments Add yours

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

    Liked by 1 person

  2. 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 😊😊


  3. olganm says:

    Beautiful and deep. A philosophical question

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed… Thanks Olga 😊


  4. philbo62 says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow…cheers Phil!


  5. alfgarnet says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

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