Treasure Island

Chime Justice Ndubuisi

(20-11-1984 / Onitsha, Anambra State)

And Blame Myself For The Loss

I do not need the mirror, it's transparent.
I do not want the mirror to torture me
I look, I see myself and I forget
And that is not what I want,
I want to use it and melt the sun
And blame myself for the loss.
I do not want to look at the mirror
Hanging on the wall of my little room
It makes me naked; naked to myself.
I do not want to look at the mirror
Hanging all around in the open street
It makes me old; wrinkled and rough
They are my mirror; the people I see
The old people I see ever day
You are my mirror
Come close, stand by me.

You are the mirror in your room,
You stay for hours watching yourself till
Your mother says you are late for work.
Out in the outside, you forget
You forget completely what you look like.
We are the mirror of the world,
We fail to exist without it
A quick glance at moving vehicles
Or those parked at the lot
Could be enough of a reminder
Until you get to the glass house.

I'm lost without it, and
All night I pursue my lost self
I dream of faces I thought are mine
Mirror is everywhere, but is useless
If it can't permanently retain me
I wouldn't need it for anything
Not for looking at myself,
I can only use it and dry the ocean
And blame myself for the loss.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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