In the Mirror of Life

In the mirror of life,
I saw,
In those whose reflections were shown back to me
Of what would have been my plight
Had I not chosen to live
Instead of renouncing this world!

In the mirror of life,
I saw abuse, being taken for an object,
Treachery, jealousy from those who envied me,
Falls, as willed by those who loathed me
And snarls dripping with saliva,
Thirsting to bite into my purity and to chew
My essence as to turn me into nothingness!

The reflected image of what life could have been
Was gruesome,
And I looked like a mere living corpse
With deep and dark holes
For what should have been eyes,
Holes vibrating with emptiness and disillusion
At the way my hopes and expectations
Turned out to be!

Life is a most hostile journey
And the ability to keep ourselves positive
Throughout our journey is to be deemed a blessing!

Someday, we shall all shed it off us,
Yet, while we do walk through its many tortuous paths,
Best it is to keep the mirror of life in a tightly locked room
Hidden, from each of our gazes,
Rather than always glancing at it
And being all dull and morose!

3 thoughts on “In the Mirror of Life

  1. Amita Paul

    Another allegorical poem that uses the metaphor of a mirror to make tolerable a life of horrors which the mind relegates to the realm of illusion so as to make an illusory ideal life more real. In a way that is a coping mechanism we all use for TS Eliot has rightly said that humankind cannot stand too much reality. This poem is an imaginative first person exploration of that phenomenon with a strong narrative and relatable imagery.

  2. hema ravi

    Life is a most hostile journey
    And the ability to keep ourselves positive
    Throughout our journey is to be deemed a blessing!

    The optimistic tone in these lines reflects the poet’s positivity..

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