Smoke and Mirrors – Reflections on Poetry


For Poetics Tuesday Amaya asks us to:

“think about our own place within this complex construct of empty rhetoric and doublespeak, optical illusion and obscure motives; let us also remember most importantly, that writing poetry is a clear and simple form of rebellion against a world that is anything but clear and simple. A noble act of civil disambiguation, if you will, and I am honored to partake with you tonight, my friends. So feel free to use whichever devices you have at your disposal in whichever poetic form you choose to convey your own experience of ‘smoke and mirrors’, from maddening repetition or Lewis Carroll-esque tomfoolery to dry irony or poignant symbolism.”

Smoke and Mirrors

In a world of fun-house mirrors
nothing is what it seems
like Alice I look past
what lies beyond and travel
through the looking glass

one mirror reflects
the beauty of morning
the soft greys of dawn
and glistening dew
and lilting bird song

another the fiery embers
of war and ancient strife
smoke that steals the breath
putrid rotten yellows
that scent the air with death

mirrors are but reflections
all are true and all are false
As I step through the glass
I find nothing there
only reflections of the past

Then the mirror shatters
into shards that cut and fly
bloody pieces falling everywhere
reflecting all the burdens
that were never mine to bear

word count 116

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

6 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors – Reflections on Poetry

  1. I like that last stanza of the shards as undeserved burdens. Maybe it’s vanity coming round to roost, and thus we had every one of those sharp shards coming. I know I sound vindictive, but I think we as an entitled society are divorced from the law of karma.

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    1. Excellent point. I was a child of the 50’s and 60’s and grew up under the fear of nuclear holocaust. As a child of the era (and a highly sensitive one at that) the anger and fear that permeated society were a burden I eventually learned to release. As for the laws of karma, I don’t think those can be mitigated, Reap/sow, send out/receive, sooner or later it comes around. Friends and I used to say (during the more enlightened 70’s) that “Mother Earth is watching, and she is NOT well pleased.” 😉


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