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.
Prompt inspiration: Poetic Bloomings
, Magpie Tales
(pic) and Poets United
It's a sad and tragic disease...of course, Karen Carpenter came to mind.
THAT was a powerful poem! Great job.
Powerful writing... love the depth, the sharing of the disease kept so hidden from the world.
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.
The power of negative self image...very creative expression of a tragic disease
Withered away most sadly. Some people didn't have a chance. It didn't seem fair. We're lucky though!
"Warping fun house mirror?" Yikes!
Such a power-packed poem,Laurie... I was amazed at how it stuck me!
A sad reality for so many..and no, you cannot always judge happiness by a smile!
Practicing smiling isn't wrong- it is the plastering on...Thanks.
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Oh, would some power the giftie give us, to see ourselves as others see us...
oy this is all too real...we get our impressions of beauty so distorted at times...ugh...and the abuse we put ourselves through...
... this is happening to a family member now ... so sad, tragic.
I also think, "A funhouse
mirror hung in her mind..." is a great line.
Ooh, interesting take on the prompt. Very sad, indeed.
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
Powerful ring of truth to this one!
Powerful and poignant, this rings with wisdom and wondering.
Oh my ... this made me do one of those double take things. This is very good.
Wow! Very powerful!
It's a relentless, merciless and often tragic embrace - very moving piece Laurie...
This one took me by surprise. Excellent different take on this photo prompt. And yes, such a tragedy that negative self image.
An interesting angle bought forth a poignant and powerful tale.
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