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The Glass in the Glass

by William F Dougherty

Mocked by a carnival mirror,
a contortion cruel as doubt,
I wrecked the woozy image:
a snicker clinked out.

Mirrors on other walls
published the same burlesque face:
mirrors round, oval, or square
crackled in place.

I cached the winks of glass,
some sleight-of-self to reclaim,
but the kaleidoscope of shards
configure the same

punished reflections my eyes
reflectively defined—
glass that mirrored a face
that mirrored a mind.


Posted on 06/14/2012
Copyright © 2020 William F Dougherty

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/19/17 at 08:08 PM

I love explorations of mirrors. This is playful. Also like "kaleidoscope of shards" and that focus on the eyes. Congrats on POTD.

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