Through a Glass Darkly


When you look through my window, what do you see?

Does your own reflection distort,

distract from my own?

Or do those dark eyes

perceive my frantic efforts to achieve meaning,

see through the fragile skin

to bones as stark as grave?

Can you see past the crumbs,

past the messiness of life in the living,

to the heart beating love

and fear

and sons and daughters,

meetings and givings,

turmoil and rest?

And I wonder –

Have you mastered

the mystery of your own survival,

do you know where

hope hides

when the discomfort of the stretch


Can you tell tales

to keep nightmares away

during unending Arabian nights?

Do you wonder

about me,

the way I wonder

about you?


this glass between us

distorts how I see you,

how you perceive me.


there is only

this film of silica

keeping us


knowing the other.

If this glass were cut,

would we bleed


13 comments on “Through a Glass Darkly

  1. johncoyote says:

    I enjoyed the poem. I like poems that open the door to questions and thoughts. A excellent poem.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks John! I have found a lot of fresh inspiration in reading short stories and poems which intrigue and tease the mind – I’m so glad I could achieve that with this piece. I was trying for it… 🙂

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    Yes, what do they see?

  4. Robert Rife says:

    Fantastic. There’s a back story here, isn’t there? But alas, I wax presumptuous.

  5. Eric says:

    Melody, dear. Melody. Melody. Melody. I am speechless— Such talent. You are in a poetic renaissance. Is there room for two? 😉 E PS- I pour one more cup of coffee and I shall ponder it again and again.

  6. Beautiful, insightful and intriguing. One of my favorites!

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