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The Mirror I

Who is the woman that I see
looking back at me
staring from the mirror
just as plain as it could be….

Is she sexy, is she cute
or somewhere in between?
What do I do, what does she want
looking back at me?

Wear some makeup, smile just right
say all the nicer things,
Or just stay quiet, squash the urge
to say the stuff she thinks….

Who is she, who am I,
who really wants to know
Do I care, do I dare
to let the real me show?

I turn left, She turns right
the image goes away….
the girl is here, the woman is there,
what thoughts to think today…..

Remember then remember now
and simply turn away….
and nod your head at what was then
and smile – anyway.

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All the shoulda woulda coulda’s roll through my mind sometimes – what if’s on end. I often wonder if I am who I am because of what I have to be, or instead what everyone else expects…..

My first attempt at poetry

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  • Eileen Brymer
    Eileen Brymerover 3 years ago

    It can be exhausting at times, can’t it? This says it all for me. I like it!

  • Age, hormones, life, you name it – sometimes it comes like a flood doesn’t it?

    – Chelei

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    This was your first attempt at poetry? Excellent! :D I’m impressed and not a little intimidated! ;D

    Well done!!!

    Have you ever read the book The Shack…? I’m not big on reading, so I only pick it up every now and then… and last night I just happened to get to a part that I really needed to hear, where the character of the Holy Spirit shares that God is never disappointed in us, because He doesn’t hold expectations. He has ‘expectancy’. He gets excited over the thought of growing a friendship/relationship with us, but He doesn’t expect us to be this, that or the other. Whereas ‘man’ does, and when we fail to meet man’s expectations, they end up disappointed in us (and the same when we place expectations on others)… What you wrote here reminded me of these things – things that have been on my mind all day. :) Good timing, huh! :D

    Who are where no one’s looking? Who dare we be when they are? We want to please, but why? We don’t want to disappoint… but whose expectations are we living to serve…?

    I can so relate to the journey you take us on through your writing… I am sure many of us can. And I so thank you for writing this and for sharing it – especially today! :D You have me sitting up and viewing all this more closely… I think to be truly free in this world one must be true their own heart, but if that heart is simply living to serve another’s ego, then how free can it be?

    Sorry… you tapped into a deeper part of me heart. I tend to rave on when that happens. You really have got me thinking more! :D Thank you!

    I love this! BRAVO :D

  • Gosh, thank you so much – that came from the bottom up didn’t it? Sometimes I have these things that go through my head and wonder if I’m the only one who thinks these things…… I know that God loves me, but humans can be so cruel to each other, and we can be cruel to our own selves too.
    I am usually the “encourager” but who encourages the encourager? When you are all tapped out what happens? Nobody else should ever know that the well runs dry sometimes and you think that if you let somebody know then they will start avoiding you like the plague!! Does that make any sense at all?

    – Chelei

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 3 years ago

    I see myself in your poem Chelei. Wonderful writing and I can’t believe this is you first attempt. Love it!

  • Glad I could connect – as you may can tell I’m not quite confident! I Facebooked it to see if it was acceptable, and my cousin gave it some Kudos, but not much else…. then sat on it for about 2 months before I finally took a deep breath and put it on RB as Writing…….

    – Chelei

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Oh my! It makes a great deal of sense. I’m the encourager, also. I learned a long time ago the phone call that comes, the coffee that’s offered, the moments stolen for a chat, is not about me. I learned I’m the shoulder, the ear, the arms, the one who comforts and encourages. I learned the hard way that ‘they’ NEED to be heard, and I CAN help with that.

    When I first noticed this pattern happening, I was somewhat disheartened, feeling as though I was never heard, but then the Big Fella pointed out it was part of my calling, and I came to appreciate the part I play in ‘friendships’… It gets kinda lonely at times. He actually placed on my heart once that my calling would be a lonely one. It’s like that of a counselor: It’s usually a one-way conversation. Only, I get THE Counselor to help me help a friend when my heart remains softened to Him… which I lose from time to time. God also placed on my heart once, ‘Donna, friends come and go, and you need to be prepared to let go… There will be time for weeping at the end of your life…’ Hmm, something to look forward to, I realised! lol. But the point was, I’m to be a friend – and often only for a purpose.

    I started a group on Facebook, called Winged Hope, for such purposes. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I’ve gotten tired; my well seems to have run dry, and I’ve only just started to get it filled again by Him. I’ve tried other ways to have it filled, but He won’t allow it. He wants to do it. God wants to do it… and, ya know, when I stop and think about it, there’s no one I would rather have fill me than Him. :) To be counselled by THE Counselor? I kinda like that a lot! :)

    But, having said that, if you ever need a friend, encouragement, or just to ‘debrief’ with someone who knows exactly what you’re going through, I’m here…and willingly so. :)

    I hope that didn’t sound arrogant in any way… I’m just aware of what my calling is. Unfortunately I’ve been failing in that for awhile now, but I am trusting He will raise me up again, and from the ashes I will be able to offer more help, after having received it myself…

    Hmmm… I hope THAT made sense… :-/

  • Donna – I don’t know how I missed your reply but I made a comment almost exactly the same as yours – when you have give it all out, at some point you have to be filled up again so you can give some more. I know that it is strange to other people for me to actually need THEM just as much as they need me! Since I’m the encourager, who encourages the encourager?

    – Chelei

  • PapaPooh18
    PapaPooh18almost 3 years ago

    Who knows, only you can answer that ! LOL,

  • And change my answer every other time!

    – Chelei

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