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 7 Years Ago

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Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

perfectly correct. A beutiful review chelsea

7 Years Ago

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

7 Years Ago

always my pleasure


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LOVE it. Very good write.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Great way to wrap this piece. All the beauty and ugliness... fantastic! If only all the friends and family we keep close to be as honest with themselves, as to see both sides of the person they are... might make for a better world!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

I completely agree but sadly things can never be that simple and gettine someone to be honest these .. read more
Great ending to a mysterious poem at first. I think a lot of girls/women can relate to this especially. Sometimes we have depressed moments of not being good enough, but other times we are okay with our self image- i think this topic is really relevant to society these days

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

Thats exactly the point I was gong for!!! I'm so glad you undertand :-) and im even hapier that yo.. read more

7 Years Ago

yay! :) keep up the great work
Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

You know it!! :-D
A amazing tale in the poem. Hard to look in the mirror. Sometime we do not like what we see. I like the thoughts and the direction of the poem. A very strong ending to a excellent poem.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

thanx so much coyote!!! I find it quite humorous that when I first submitted this i literally didnt.. read more
This poem was amazing! Loved how you ended it
spectacular job :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

aww thax si much allycat!! im glad you like it ! :-)
This is great. I love the parallels in the poem between the ugly inside of us all and the beauty. It's easy to wear interchangeable masks in our society, and this poem reflects that.
Great imagery and heartfelt. Keep it up :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

thanx so much!! im glad you enjoyed it and it truly came from a special place in me.
Excellent poem. It's relatable to many, and unpredictable. It expresses both happiness and pain in the classic example of a person staring themselves in the mirror. Good jobb.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

Thanx so much!!! I always aim to be relatable as a poet so that others may feeel as I myself do. I.. read more
Wow. The was amazing. It had a great story and such powerful emotion. It helps that I can realte to this too. It was touching how at the end she finds that she is both beautiful and ugly. Well writted and I loved it!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

Im really glad you like it lexa!!!
A very well written realistic poem. Whether we choose to admit it or not the majority of us feel this way. Strangers within, struggling with beauty vs ugliness, finding harmonious ways to overcome insecurities. Great job, Emily.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

Thanx so much V I'm glad you enjoyed it. i personally i have felt this way many times and I had a f.. read more

7 Years Ago

You're quite welcome. That's one thing nice about the written word. We can convey our feelings, em.. read more
Emily Dickinson Jr.

7 Years Ago

I look forward to having you read them :-)

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Added on July 30, 2012
Last Updated on April 2, 2013


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