Lantern

December 24, 2009
staring at a mirror's reflection
searching for my life's direction

not north, not south, not east, not west;
I see not a way that suits me best

To go there, to go where the lights know a way,
away from the light, reaching out into the darkness
such do the stars, as the sky grows starless

will I follow the unknown road?
some foreign path tread by so few
because so many know it exists;
all thinking, "all else have reached those sands
I will be the outcast,
choosing to outlast the law of the land"

their chosen profession of man
came to mean little to them
they could not understand
that their own light had grown dim

I, my search near it's end
will find myself a new light to lend,
I, having seen too many shards of glass,
cause of my own hand,
will soon discover all that I am
is buried beneath a dusty mirror...
afterall, once a reflection I may see,
the way to light must be clear,
clear to reflect man as man

but first it must be broken
such that free is man to walk right through,
to see the grass green and sky blue

long since has the truth failed to preserve what it true:
some of us do not belong, hence,
the mirror is mended,
the fleeting threshhold
of their returning escape to reality
has, quite suddenly, ended.

they stare longingly, lantern in hand,
with prying eyes we cannot command





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fiftiesgal467 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 9:55 am
Whoa! Amazing depth!
 
pyropoet said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm
this is absolutely incredible! i love the way you can visualize what you are saying.
again - this is just incredible. keep it up!
 
abeatlesfan65 replied...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Thanks again! Have you read and/or made sense of my explanation yet?
 
Powd3er said...
Jan. 14, 2010 at 11:47 am
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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abeatlesfan65 said...
Jan. 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Hey pyropoet- sure, I'll check out some of your work, thanks for commenting! Second, here's an explanation: I'm using the mirror to represent reflection, but also a doorway to another place. Only through breaking the mirror can you see beyond yourself. This "other world" beyond the mirror represents a person looking out for others, but also of the dangers of neglecting yourself. So the end is a way of saying that they want to see themselves again, not only in sight, beca... (more »)
 
pyropoet said...
Jan. 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm
this is beautifully written. i am a bit confused, though - care to elaborate?
if you want, you can check out some of my work, too.
 
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