The slides transition abruptly.
The dark space between them is barely registered.
It is something to be avoided at all cost.
The distraction of images confirms
the illusion of continuity that is always preferred.
And yet, we can’t escape the call of the darkness,
the perfect mirror we have been told to ignore.
It beckons ever stronger in each of the fleeting moments
between the approved images.
What will happen if we dare get off the script?
What will we learn about ourselves
that those around us feel so threatened by?
Will we see our own reflection,
or will see the reflection of some other thing entirely
that we have been masquerading as all along?
There is no way of knowing without taking a look,
And one cannot look without being transformed.
The transition is always abrupt,
just like the transition between the approved images.
Only now, there will be no need for anyone’s approval.
© 2016 Charlie Lemay
Image: Belly © 2915 Charlie Lemay
I started writing poetry again last year in a workshop with Poet/photographer Susan Currie. You can read more in the Verse + Images section of my website www.charlielemay.net
. The image here is a different one than you will see on the website. I swapped the image on this one, because I will be compiling a book of verse later this year and the image on my website will appear in my forthcoming book, Enchanted Forest, which I had not anticipated and would prefer not to repeat an image.