Stranger Staring Back

Stranger Staring Back

A Poem by Emily Dickinson Jr.

This about seeing who you truly are. Not what eveyone else sees or your perception of yourself but the real truth. It's about accepting yourself :-) read it plz





Such beauty I have never seen

Huh! that's me?

 It can't have been


I've never been a sight to see

You want a picture

Really? yes! Of me?

I never guessed


I still can't see

How that face

Could really be me


I look again

My belief denied

Yet my hope is sprung

I am suprised


The gown of blues

And golds and greens

Has shown me such

Amazing things


Then its ripped

It's shown a dream


The face has cracked

It looks real mean


My dress is torn

My throat swells

My tears ....


Im afraid

This was

My greatest fear


It wasn't me

How could I think

That I was ever

On the brink

Of love and awe

beauty and more


So now I sink

Unto the floor

While she sneers

"look at her"


And then it stops

I know its me


All the beauty

and the ugliness

That I see


So I sink upon my knees

 And say

"I see."

Content to know

That both are me





© 2013 Emily Dickinson Jr.

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Mirror image, both selves the ugly and beautiful sides make a person, define them... Through the looking glass the person we often see, the real truth behind the painted facade is not always what we expect... I really like how you've artfully described this sensation and concept, well penned indeed plus the picture looks amazing and fits well with this piece :)

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Emily Dickinson Jr.

10 Years Ago

perfectly correct. A beutiful review chelsea

10 Years Ago

Thanks and thank you for writing such a lovely piece ;p
Emily Dickinson Jr.

10 Years Ago

always my pleasure


Beauty is mostly what loved ones see. I've at times seen beauty that others (including the subject) didn't see. It's sad that lovely women often don't see it. Looks are temporary though anyway. What's inside is what matters.

Posted 3 Months Ago

Awesome Poem! :) I can't believe I didn't see it before today :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

There is such a bittersweet contrast here in the seeing... what is on the outside.. what hides within... the feelings of self worth or hungering for it... Your words ache with the longing to see more and find that contentment few ever do.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Another great poem for me to share with my connections :-)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

Thats so great! :-) you always make my day. To me people sharing my poetry is one of the greatest .. read more
Wow. We all have our every side. I teach teens and will show this one off. This is a great one to share. :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

Wow thanks Cyndi! I'm always very appy when others like my poetry enough to spread it around. :-) .. read more
I find it strange that many girls don't find themselves beautiful. This duality of wanting to be and not being in their minds eye is played with wonderfully in this poem. It also reflects that frantic mindset of hope and denial. Joy and self doubt. Is it a reality or just a poor self image that brings these feelings to the surface? At any rate the structure is well done and paced in my opinion. I guess we all contain that wonderful self that not all get to see. This poem seems to speaks volumes of this nature. Bravo.

Posted 9 Years Ago

a gud one dea.... :*

Posted 9 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

thank you purva :-)
reminds me of sylvia plath's "mirror"---the mirror just shows what is...but then, that is the physical...when we look more closely, we see what is inside, and good and bad are there, in and out...

but it all adds up to what we are...and we need to accept and love ourselves.

quite a good write.


Posted 9 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

Thak you jacob I'm glad you could appreciate the message. I've never read Sylvia Path's work but pe.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

9 Years Ago

she's number two on my favorite poets' list...emily is number one.
Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

Aww that's so sweet I'm honored of course :-)
she tells to mirror or mirror tells to her...omg...the image of girl in the mirror is same as she's in
jjust kiddin', well written, yeah, i think you're a professional writer by your words it looks, i enjoyed your work. just write more i'd love to read your way too.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

9 Years Ago

Wow! You really think it seems professional?? I've never published anything is just a hobby of min.. read more
Wow...the mirror tells just have to look in it...The picture is a very nice touch and it adds very well in the piece. :)

Posted 10 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

10 Years Ago

aww thanx ali :-)

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Added on July 30, 2012
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