Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Abnegation is the back of a mirror
held before the face

Abnegation is black gloves and a coat
is a hole in a winter landscape
with snow and bare trees

Abnegation is a window or a door
instead of a wall
is opening
is absence

and if you see your reflection
you've missed the point

image by Camil Tulcan via Read Write Poem

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Dan Dan The Bus Driver Man said...

well played... I like this. The surreal image is perfect and I love the wording.

Jeeves said...

Doesnt everyone miss the point?

susan said...

Was unprepared for the closing. It was more literal, concrete compared to everything that preceded it.

Christy said...



rbarenblat said...

I like this very much. I especially like

Abnegation is a window or a door
instead of a wall

Deb said...

Great way to take a big (although important) word and bring it home. Show it.

Stan Ski said...

We can't be someone we're not, however much we admire them.

Tumblewords: said...

'the back of a mirror/held before the face' - nice opening - great poem.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Thoughtfully worded!

Beloved Dreamer said...

This is great. I always loved mirrors and the secrets they hold. Great job.


James said...

This makes me study the image even more closely. Which makes me read the poem again. They reflect each other well.

Destinee said...

This was amazing. I just want to read it over and over again. It puts everything i have written to shame.