“R” is for Reflection

For today’s R post, my good friend, Roslynn Pryor, and I decided to collaborate and cross-post today.  I supplied the image, and from it, she reflected and came up with this lovely poem.  Hope you enjoy the fruits of our pleasant labors. You can read her blog at Pushing the Bruise. I highly recommend it.

Tonias Reflection

Reflect (-ion, -s, -ing, -ed)

welds and burnished copper, iron, steel,
brassy rainbows on the surface of the sea

looking inward
shining out

i see
i shudder
i turn away

paint on water
pain on paper
papers on pain
and ponderous thoughts

children pull back wizard curtains,
unveil the truths we’d rather hide;
my students show my gaps, my cracks,
and mirror my sometime polished spots;
the mirrors of my
self, my
words lay bare
the covert soul;

cast back my friends,
friends give back me,
resonant admixture
and mutual rebound;

fuzzy edges and colors just mute
that ripple with the waves,
string tornadoes of light
and cones of brushed self,
pillars of light in the wilderness years;

the kid in the window
is copying me!

i see
i shudder
i look anyway

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