Sunday, August 21, 2011

Never Judge Happiness by a Smile



For years she tried to alter
her appearance; plastering
a smile on her face at all times
tanning in a coffin, shrinking body

size unconventionally. A funhouse
mirror hung in her mind, warping
self-image with each sideways glance
while inside she withered away.

@laurie kolp

Prompt inspiration: Poetic Bloomings , Magpie Tales (pic) and  Poets United

25 comments:

Tess Kincaid said...

It's a sad and tragic disease...of course, Karen Carpenter came to mind.

Eva Gallant said...

THAT was a powerful poem! Great job.

Reflections said...

Powerful writing... love the depth, the sharing of the disease kept so hidden from the world.

Ravenblack said...

Really like this poem a lot. Love all the metaphors and imagery you used to get the point across; all the surface alterations doesn't help, the constant attempt to alter one's appearance sorts of represents the "fun house mirrors" within the mind; warped self image, defective self reflections.

Susie Clevenger said...

The power of negative self image...very creative expression of a tragic disease

kaykuala said...

Withered away most sadly. Some people didn't have a chance. It didn't seem fair. We're lucky though!

Jinksy said...

"Warping fun house mirror?" Yikes!

Erratic Thoughts said...

Such a power-packed poem,Laurie... I was amazed at how it stuck me!

Mary said...

A sad reality for so many..and no, you cannot always judge happiness by a smile!

izzy said...

Practicing smiling isn't wrong- it is the plastering on...Thanks.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

That's sad.

Laurie Kolp said...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting...

Berowne said...

Oh, would some power the giftie give us, to see ourselves as others see us...

Brian Miller said...

oy this is all too real...we get our impressions of beauty so distorted at times...ugh...and the abuse we put ourselves through...

Helen said...

... this is happening to a family member now ... so sad, tragic.

Martin said...

I also think, "A funhouse
mirror hung in her mind..." is a great line.

thingy said...

Ooh, interesting take on the prompt. Very sad, indeed.

jen revved said...

Hard-hitting, evocative, Laurie-- my thought was of Amy Winehouse, whose mother said she had seen her only a day before and knew the end was in the wind. xxxj

Mama Zen said...

Powerful ring of truth to this one!

Tumblewords: said...

Powerful and poignant, this rings with wisdom and wondering.

Old Raven said...

Oh my ... this made me do one of those double take things. This is very good.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wow! Very powerful!

robkistner said...

It's a relentless, merciless and often tragic embrace - very moving piece Laurie...

Peggy said...

This one took me by surprise. Excellent different take on this photo prompt. And yes, such a tragedy that negative self image.

Susannah said...

An interesting angle bought forth a poignant and powerful tale.