Sunday, October 3, 2021

Mapping Silver


Be pretty…

Paint yourself

into the shape of his eyes.


Are you kidding?

Conjuring my mirror

into his vision to erase mine

is silvered hell I won’t enter.


Does the moon dress in fear

or kohl its face to appease

night devils who stalk light with evil?


I have lines on my face mapping

the journey of calendars I’ve traveled,

dark hours I’ve survived, bright days I’ve danced.


My face is my face.

It holds gifts of my mother and father, ancestors,

shapeshifting, joining the unique reflection I possess.


Bare or painted, smile or frown, it’s taken several wrong exits

to finally reach the truth, the only voice in the mirror

that matters is mine.  

©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #180