Reminiscent of a dream:
(The mirror, the ghostly figure,
The long, loving grass.)
The infinity mirror, for all its fury
To Smooth over the untamed roughess
Of Humanity's core,
Draws blood with shaving blades,
And magnanimity in masquerades.
And still the pallor of blush,
And the discoloration of adoration,
Are but servile to anticipation.
The reflector of infinity
The eery promise
Reaching towards divinity
Or a torturous, blind ****-bent path
The blind mirror promises
The shattered, puerile ghost caught between
The Ubiquitous, sterile host of magisterial illusion
The fragmented stone beneath him
Like a altar on a monestary
Grounding him to the magestic illusion
Of groundless deceit, Of Boston's conceit
Reverse that curse! Oh arrow-bent skies
Of intrepid, oblique, malleable time
That bends about paths through human hearts
To human marrows, to decay, to remorse
The skin, like a cage like a gibbet upholding the body
Knows not the force of infinity's grasp
Until it overtakes him in a moment of intrepid deceit.
In these hallowed halls ghostly particles dance,
Ghostly bodies collide and recombine into once visible
Charades of macabre cavemen.
Once, always visible in the mirror, unknowable is the heart.
In this illusory rebirth, is the ghost in the machine,
In deed through imprints the duality of despair's duplicity
Onto a parched heart's never-fingerprint
Identity is unknown to the mirror (clearly)
Vanity is unknown to the self
How transparent the mirror makes
Blood-meat of a man!
Gushing listlessly, he retraces the mirror's arrows
Onto the lines on the page.
He retraces the chalk on the lines.
He becomes just the vane words on the page.
Words, and the mirror of language
The potency lost to fragmented duplication.
The mosaic is born,
Unseen, to vague, blurred visions of a fragmented nation.
But language outcasts him,
Him tangled deeply within its moat,
Its dubbed deeply embedded within him,
Ah, again the duality!
His mirror-image, the words
Against the page, untold sillhoutes
Of a dark, flickering, menacing display
Of brash omens.
The words, his craft of silence's
Burrow, of despair's unlaundry,
Of an empty room without
Any charge at all.
The words, against the words.
But that he sees not.
The words against the self.
He sees not.
Blinded by narcissism, by that mirror.
In this poem the mirror is personified as an artist. As a reader, the quest is to evaluate him/her/it (the mirror) and discover your relationship with her.