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Rated: E · Poetry · Emotional · #2243987
A reflection is what we want to see, not truth or reality. What do we each hide?
"Beyond the Reflection"

Much of what we see is not reality.
Who hides behind masks of integrity?
None show the world our truth, do we?
Imagine reaction if conscience was free to see.

Shy smile sells millions with image.
Stones fall from pearly white mouths.
Words harm innocents in our nation’s village.
Enter no garden snake, but a cottonmouth.

Beautiful bouquets appear from gardens,
possibly grown in tainted earth.
Poison can be disguised as charming.
Waterford crystal, liquid gold, deadly worth.

A glance in a pond reveals our reflection.
Gentle wind, rock thrown in, duck paddles;
ripples across a moment in time, changes direction.
As the clock hands move, a temporary look unravels.

Possibly takes an entire lifetime to become real.
Every time I glance at myself, I still wonder who I see.
Perhaps water did reveal the one I need to conceal.
Events in a lifetime, a chameleon can enable us to survive.

By Kathie Stehr
Feb 10, 2021
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