Mirror Man

by Stephen Ellams

So this is it
the life that you’ve chosen
a failed compromise
for the good of your children

You tried to do what was right
took pride in this notion
excavating inside
to be a better person

But your truth is a lie
an inverted reflection
eyes once beautiful
have lost their green lustre

From sharing her bed
to a double-glazed prison
where love is denied cries
the man in the mirror


Copyright © 2016 by Stephen Ellams

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