To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret.” Diane Ackerman

To See

The mirror sets up a silent but knowing
conversation of self, a soap opera thinly
disguised as drama now exposed to all
of myself to see what others see beyond
the image of heavily invested self-deception,
masking myself to self, but the mirror shifts,
begging the eternal question, what is good, 
what is bad, to which I have no answer,
knowing only that things just are and I just 
am and not only today, this is somehow a 
moment, an epiphany, that sustains.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, poem, psychology, quote

13 responses to “To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A mirror doesn’t lie, it’s TRUE

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  2. My conversation with the mirror for the past 15 years or so has been why are you showing me my mother instead of me? It’s quite confounding.

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  3. I don’t spend too much time in front of the mirror. I would rather be doing so many other things! I do try to smile at my helps a little bit! 🙂

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  4. there is no substantial concrete ‘self’ it’s all an illusion, just like the mirror … we just are/be! Great epiphany 🙂

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  5. Charis Counselling

    Good poem


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