I am but a mirror of
your wants
your musts
your needs
your fears.

I am but a projection of
your history
your view
your understanding
your perception.

I am but a phantom of
your pain
your hurt
your torture
your anxiety.

I slide behind a curtain
 hidden amongst
the discarded furniture of your mind
 concealed behind
the ghosts of your past
 obscured by
the spectres of your nightmares.

I am a piece of fiction, none of it is true.
I am an actress in your private film.
I am an obsession, a drug.

I am prophecy made flesh.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

Poem that continues the theme explored in my two poems:
You don’t see me at all
and You never loved me anyway

The title ‘Slide’ came to me and I didn’t quite know why at first. It’s such an odd title for this poem, but it wouldn’t go away. I then realised that it was inspired by a character in the Terry Goodkind series of books ‘Sword of Truth’. The Slide is a kind of soul eater and it can devour the soul of someone and use it to his/her own advantage.

The accompanying altered art is here:


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 5 years ago

    simply beautiful Margpie! xo

  • Thank you for your lovely comment. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 5 years ago

    incredibly beautiful writing

  • Thank you so much for the comment and taking the time. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tracey    lee Stokes
    Tracey lee ...over 5 years ago

    Yes,absolutely beauty in truth.Wonderful,wonderful write.Both poem and image,brilliant.Thankyou

  • Thank you so much. :-) Means such a lot!

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 5 years ago

    Terrific piece of poetry..lovely flow.

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 5 years ago

    Wow, this is great writing….great imagery. I’m enjoying your writing…you seem to be getting into a stride. xo

  • Thank you so much. It took me a long time to find the courage to write poetry again. It’s long been supressed, now it’s all pouring out. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • bill bell
    bill bellover 5 years ago

    MM this was cool writing, behind the furniture of your mind was gorgeous. You’ve got a great style :)

  • Thank you Bill. :-) I am only just discovering I’ve got a ‘poetry’ style. I’ve done all sorts of writing, including writing for a press agency, radio, children and short stories, but I haven’t done poetry since my teens.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    amazing… wow
    love this and your beautiful image too… what stellar artwork
    :) great work

  • Thank you. :-) Greatly appreciate you taking the time to look and comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 5 years ago

    Wow how powerful and so beautifully written!

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • pix83
    pix83over 5 years ago

    Haunting! Having read and loved the SoT series too made it resonate even more

  • Thank you so much. :-) Glad it worked for you.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Fuego1
    Fuego1over 5 years ago

    Beautiful writing and art.

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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