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The Closet of Mirrors

Mirrors

Copyright 2014 by Bob Rogers

I was comfortable in a dark closet

Thinking dark thoughts

Doing dark deeds.

Then a brilliant burst of light revealed

That I’m in a closet of mirrors

I see my ugly, naked body everywhere

I cannot escape in any direction

Every wall is a mirror.

Outsiders can see me through the mirror

But I cannot see them

I wonder what they think and what they see

But I can only see me—

The one person I do not want to see.

I want to cover myself

But I have nothing.

I want to drive a nail through the mirror

But I have nothing.

I fall to my knees, curl into a tiny ball

Wailing, whining, whimpering.

Oh, God, kill me! I have nothing! I need you!

Ting…ping…ping…ting…

Softly a nail falls by my side, skipping on the glass

Then two…three…ten…fifty…a hundred…

Nails crash down, crack open

Cutting me — and covering me.

But now I have something

I have a covering—a covering of rusty nails.

And the mirror is broken at last.

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About Bob Rogers

Hospital chaplain in Mississippi. Formerly a pastor for 33 years in Mississippi and Georgia. Historian and avid cyclist.

Posted on January 29, 2014, in Poetry, Prayer and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You’re describing, beautifully, a feeling most everyone has felt. It’s heartbreaking to see it articulated.

  2. Bob, if you would look at another person that “failed” God BUT through His marvelous love was forgiven and restored- http://www.butforthegraceofGod.org under trusting God regardless of what I see.
    Calvin

  3. Love your words

  4. Its better for us to feel likwise so we will be aware of our deeds whether they are wrong or right

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