Who’s Inside? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” Jean Cocteau

Who's Inside?

When you look in the mirror
who is looking back at you,
what are you thinking or
are you avoiding thinking,
especially about yourself,
who are you anyway and
how are you you at any time?

What is the sum of you and
how are you being you?
Your mirror refuses to hide
the imperfect imagined you,
that constructed fictional you,
mirrors always offer what 
you wish to find, but they
never look inside for you.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


Filed under Free Verse, identity, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

16 responses to “Who’s Inside? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love the closing line, Paul. Mirrors only reflect the superficial self and never reflect the inner you.

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  2. I still haven’t gotten used to looking in the mirror and seeing my mother’s face looking back at me.

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  3. Amy

    Wise words, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The inner reflection is most important and offers the answers we desire. It isn’t as quick but is more clear, should we choose to accept.

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  5. Absolutely true!! Mirror depicts external beauty

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  6. lync56

    A great “reflective” poem >

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