Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Median


Who am I if not a reflection
of the past--- an image
created by the choices
of those before me,
an illusion of what others
perceive me to be.
Knowledge comes with
the wisdom of age.
Reflections fade into shadows.
What I once was has faded;
what I am yet to be becomes clear.
I did not choose to be here,
to be a part of this.
Forever now will I be both
  reflection and shadow.

Poem & Image by:  
McGuffy Ann Morris
Poem from my book: "Weeds"
Copyright 2012


Linking to: 
Poets United: Poetry Pantry 

44 comments:

  1. What a powerful and introspective poem, Annie! We are part reflection of the past and of the people who have interacted with us. What we make of the future is up to us! I love the photograph, it fits this piece perfectly! Thank you so much for an excellent contribution to Two Shoes Tuesday!

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    1. Thanks, Josie. I appreciate your support. This poem is very meaningful to me, so thanks for letting me share it here.

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  2. I truly enjoyed your poem. It does make you think!! As you get a little older you really understand what it is saying. Life teaches us many lessons that we take forward with us that allows us to see things more clearly.

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    1. Thank you, Betty. I am glad this spoke to you.

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  3. I enjoyed the poem too and it did make me stop and think and I had to read it three or four times. It is too bad we don't know when we are young what we have experienced as we get older. Take care.

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  4. nice piece. definitely 'reflective'.

    and thank you for your kind comment re: my drawing and blog. :)

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate your comments.

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  5. This is spot on. Excellent. You really do poetry well. I have your book of poems on my workstation.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  6. "forever....both reflection and shadow".......powerful write, kiddo! Wow.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. I always value your opinion.

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  7. It, the poem is meaningful to me as well. I wish I could share some of my thoughts in my human blog (not Katie's or Admiral's) but I am too shy. xox

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    1. I wish you would. Don't be shy. Email me.

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  8. Definitely a great reflective poem. I believe that heaven is more real and defined than what we experience here on earth where everything seems like an illusion. Everything is temporary and it's gone in an instant never to be the same.
    Your poem makes me think deeper.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Julia, this comment is beautiful. Thank you.

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  9. Enjoyed reading your poem and reflecting.

    http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/?m=1

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  10. Okay, you have achieved the impossible. I really enjoyed this and I don't generally like poetry. But this really resonated with me on a deep level.

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    1. This is quite a compliment. Thank you!

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  11. One of my favorites from "Weeds" ... so poignant, my friend!

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  12. Very interesting. It's a gift to say so much with such depth in just a few words. Than ks for sharing.

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  13. Nice prose-ing... I feel sure that I would not recognize myself if I were to pass a 20 year old me today..I think I have changed that much.

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    1. I am not sure I have changed much inside...outside, yes.

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  14. Very thoughtful poem causing me to think much about who I am and where I am in my life. Janet

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  15. Gosh those words made me think,they were so beautifully put together,a truly lovely poem x

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  16. This touched on some things that I am going through currently. I love the ending and the not having chosen to be here but taking the shape of shadow and reflection as a result. Very nice.

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  17. our choices def dictate where we end up...and we are not hte same today as we were yesterday nor will we be tomorrow...and sometimes it doesnt always end up like we hoped or thought but we make the most of it in our next choice...smiles.

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  18. An impressive write. I like the idea of being both reflection and shadow. And yes, knowledge does come from the wisdom of age....at least this is ONE advantage of age. LOL. We know ourselves well....ha, perhaps too well. I enjoyed your write.

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  19. Back for another read......still so struck by your two closing lines.

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  20. This feels so much like that in between place--that place where I look backward and my vision of the future remains unclear still---Such a felt piece for me

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  21. "forever now, reflection and shadow." I can think of no better way to express our lives. Simply beautiful

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  22. Indeed there are two sides, what we really are and what world perceives us.

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  23. I wonder if it is always like this; seeing our reflection and shadow in retrospect....lovely

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  24. I think most of us will share the dilemmas your poem captures.nicely done.

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  25. I like the dual image of reflection and shadow. original!

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  26. I too, was struck by the dual image of reflection and shadow, we are all of our experiences, even those that come as no more than thought process. Really enjoyed your writing,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/lost/

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