The Phoenix Rises!

The Phoenix Rises!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall.
Are you friend or foe today?
Bandages removed,
a battlefield uncovered.
Armageddon.
Angry gashes
marring sacred land.
Shrieking out,
vying for center stage.
Spotlights targeting
every gouge.
Utterly exposed.
Fully vulnerable.

Eyes piercing
delicate parchment.
Aghast.
Magnifying the ruins.
A band strikes up,
lights are flashing,
the Carny trumpets,
“Step right up! The Sideshow is open!
We’ve got quite a Single-O Attraction for you!”

When the lights fade,
the fanfare diminishes.
Yet echoes linger.
Reverberating
in the darkness.
Projecting on
an interior screen.

Obscured reflections.
Distorted.
Visions clouded
and tangled.
One moment.
One split-second.
My bravado
was deflated.

Recalibrate.
The Funhouse Mirror
of disfigurement
is shattered.
Tents rolled up.
86’ed.
In the still of the night,
a Circus Jump ensued!

Lacerations alleviate.
Dissections mend.
Soften.
Metamorphose.
Remnants emerge
as relics.
Branding an indelible
Purple Heart.

The Phoenix rises,
soaring through
the majestic sky,
over the mountaintops,
to new heights,
and a breathtaking view!
Panoramic landscapes.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall.
Reflect my heart
and nothing more!
The strength of my spirit
shining through,
healing my flesh,
disarming the Demon,
winning the stare down.

A kaleidoscope
intertwining
inside out
and outside in.
Reflecting
Inner Grace.

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
September 12, 2013
Poem #381

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