It gives … temporarily
It lifts… briefly
It speaks a lie
As though it were true
It beguiles you
It transforms you
But when the lie meets the light
You are naked
Unarmed … unprepared
For the avalanche of truth
That will bury you
Your reflection isn’t a pillar of strength
It’s just a pillar of salt melting in the rain
Ask yourself what is really real
Do you believe in that fake mask?
Hiding behind impenetrable scars …
It will only carve your insides out
Make you a charlatan
At the mercy of other weaker phonies
Who wants nothing more than to break you?
Don’t be self-hoaxed self-loathing
Don’t be putty in their evil hands
Mirror, mirror on the wall I hate you
But I remember how you made me your pawn
And somehow, I drown in your depths
Only to survive and smash you
Mirror, mirror on the wall
I no longer heed your call
I should have broken you a long time before.
© Xavier Smith, Mark Andrew Heathcote
Excerpt from the book Fire and Ice
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Foreword . . .
Many moons ago I realized the power of words and how they can accurately describe the nuances of emotion. They can take a person to the highest highs, and just as easily, that person can plummet into nothingness…. just by words. It is fascinating how perception and illusion rule our lives. What others fail to see is that for some, once the words are out there… the bleeding stops a little bit more… Those words are just part of us…And that is the beauty of it.
Fire and Ice is a collection of connections based on perceptions. It is person after person, reading, relating, and then reaching out to others through words. Connection… is really what it is all about that.
I am honored to invite you inside the minds of people just like you. All their hopes, dreams, and disasters are here within the pages of this book.
Lyne Beringer, author of Alaskan Vogue
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