the mirror (freeverse)

as a child 
before the self
innocence penetrates the mirror
there is no reflection 
unaware of it
it shatters 
breaking it

before the subject 
there was only life
in its purity 
unknown and curious 
it experiences for the first time
overcome with an abundance
exalted with life 
it seeks the self

with time
reflection shows
mirror is realized
as subject recognizes self 
the mirror offers it new life
by dissolving an old one
as the mirror reflects what is
a being enters the world
it becomes the world
loses the purity 
innocence gone
mirror has swallowed them whole

captivated by the reflection
in the twilight of being  
through mirror and self
it has become one
it knows what it is
tormented by the image 
it seeks destruction
constantly changing 
moving forward
and backward
trying to get back to what once was 
before the mirror
towards purity 

	

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sonnychasm

Literature, art, science, travel. Writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry. Always wrestling with language.

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