As I approach the blue-mirrored building
and my arm extends towards the door
I catch a glimpse of myself in the glass

and see an alternate reality, where
she floats and smiles listlessly
with a quizzical stare

this other version of me,
this ghostly, spiritual shadow that has
escaped my conscience

she could be anywhere right now,
and the ember that flickers in her eyes

she is everywhere
away from here.

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the other side of the mirror


ghost, glass, mirror, shadow, reflection, dream, wonderland, alternate reality

I am a dreamer, artist, and mother. I dance in the rain, spend too much time reading books, and live for my family. I am a gypsy, poet, musician, and artist. But most of all, I am a butterfly fairy. Come dream with me.

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  • pagan
    paganalmost 5 years ago

    yes. the confrontation within the many existences we walk within a life where the goal seems to be our self. i really connected with this, i think many of us do. ;) wonderful writing. xox

  • gretchen, you definitely got it and i’m so happy you connected with this. thank you for your support. love and light, poet sister. xx

    – ShadowDancer

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhalmost 5 years ago

    Very well said..Beautiful lines..

  • thank you truly, harmeet.

    – ShadowDancer

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsalmost 5 years ago

    I really like it :)

  • matt, i’m so glad you do. thanks very much.

    – ShadowDancer

  • Del Millar
    Del Millaralmost 5 years ago

    A great piece PJ, yes do we really know our self compared to our own
    perception of our self – sides that everyone else sees of us often..
    and too yes the profound thought away from the familiar and /or mundane,
    our potential untouched perhaps ?

  • yes, del, yes, all great questions… who are we really? do we ever completely know ourselves? do those that love us ever really know us? can we really be someone else around different people or circumstances? so many questions when thinking about who we really are, and who we should be…

    – ShadowDancer

  • JaneSolomon
    JaneSolomonalmost 5 years ago

    I’ve often thought of alternate realities, and also if I will ever really get to know myself…..maybe not in this lifetime….but who ever knows…..sometimes we stagnate for a while and then we take giant leaps….the right teacher at the right time. xx

  • so true sweet jane… sometimes we’re in a huge ocean sinking to the bottom trying to find ourselves, other times we seem to have wings, flying higher and better than we expected ourselves to.

    – ShadowDancer

  • umbra
    umbraalmost 5 years ago

    appealing poem…….

  • thanks, erich.

    – ShadowDancer

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful words

  • boo, thanks for such a wonderful compliment.

    – ShadowDancer

  • Goldenspirit
    Goldenspiritalmost 5 years ago

    Fly with her. For she is so free. :)

  • that she is, goldenspirit.. i wish to be flying right next to her.

    – ShadowDancer

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 5 years ago

    and see an alternate reality, where
    she floats and smiles listlessly
    with a quizzical stare

    those lines really spoke loud about the vanishing spirit in this piece.

  • vanishing spirit – yeah that’s a great way to put it, i couldn’t have said it better myself. i really was thinking about the ‘other me’ that never has came to be, and the ones that i’ve ignored due to social/life expectations…. you’re very perceptive.

    – ShadowDancer

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    I so often want to walk through the mirror for a better look.

    thought provoking and so very beautifully written xx

  • thanks sweet lisa… it’s always a treat to have you visit my page.

    – ShadowDancer

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