Reflections of a mirror


An egg shell moon cracks its light through wary
curtains onto sheets and blankets that are spiteful
from prolonged exposure to loathing. And longing.

Here and there, specks of dust reveal themselves
to a skeptical window as they try to escape
an air that does not remember them.

A half open sliding closet door, appears to be yawning
as indifferent shadows wonder at an arrested stretch
that causes the bed frame to shudder from the tension.

The mirror stands on the dresser,
a passive sentinel
observing each pointless interaction
from an incredulous frame.

It’s going to be a long night.


© Jason Bricker, 2016

Image Attribution: By Corn, Jack, 1929-, Photographer (NARA record: 8464440) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons