Shawn L. Bird

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poem-shatter May 25, 2015

You are bound tightly by mirrors

Gazing at yourself through refracted light

Every flaw magnified infinitely

Every hurt reflected back




you into fragile glass: you

naked Royal Doulton figurine



morose multiplicity in a million pieces of silver.




I want this to have a hopeful spin, but perhaps that will be part two tomorrow?  It feels complete in thought, so I’ll stop.


17 Responses to “poem-shatter”

  1. Cassie Says:

    Hauntingly beautiful

  2. The mirror as straitjacket is a fascinating concept.

    • Thanks.
      I needed a metaphor to capture the navel gazing absorption that such sensitivity to others’ words (or tiny, inconsequential personal ‘flaws’) causes. When it came to me, I was quite happy! It seemed to suit on several levels.

  3. georgiakevin Says:

    You put in to words what far too many experience. Your poetry truly reaches in to your readers’ hearts you know. There are a lot of good poets but you are among the very best!

  4. Actually, I find the ending hopeful as is. We can be a reflection even in our brokenness

  5. jensenempire2551 Says:

    Please Mrs. Bird no more of that slashing….

  6. narble Says:

    Knowing when to stop is the hardest part, I think.

  7. rabi893 Says:

    wow. beautiful words

  8. Hola 🙂 I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here’s the Link:

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