Tuesday, July 27, 2004

JULY 27, 2004 (TUESDAY)

Heartbreak Villanelle

She looks at herself in the mirror.
Fingers separate the silver from the steam;
her reflection is getting clearer.

The calm surface of her face hides more
than the tears trickling down in streams.
She looks at herself in the mirror.

Pools of pain stares back at her,
smile splitting apart at the seams.
But her reflection is getting clearer.

She sinks her fingers into the glass, sore
hands wading through the shards. She dreams
she is looking at herself in the mirror.

Needing to escape, she drowns her
self in sadness. Bloody fingers paint a picture; it seems
her reflection is getting clearer.

They will find her tomorrow, slumped over,
bloodless and pale, shimmering vacant eyes.
She is looking at herself in the mirror
waiting for her reflection to clear.

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