Dream Quest One Poetry First Prize
Winner - Summer 2012
of Myrtle Beach,
Like some overly large television screen,
covers one entire wall of our bedroom, reflecting all movement of life,
sunlight, the coming of night, moonlight, early morning gloom —
revealing the truth of what takes place in that room.
For so many years, we were avid spectators
to the reflections in that same mirror,
bodies entwined, no beginning, no end,
aflame with love, passion,
until exhaustion sent us, sated, to sleep, spoon
fashion, on each other’s arms.
now, frail, those former emotions seems to have evolved
into a more brother/sisterly
devotion, rather than that consuming, searing fire,
nothing now able to inspire, restore,
relight that flame, so long extinguished,
our existence now distinguished by its
tranquility but, in truth,
also by boredom, by unspoken fright.
Like some TV reality show, the mirror,
at night, continues to reflect without mercy,
depicting our bodies as they are now, wrinkled, pale,
white hair like a halo about our heads,
our bed, a sanctuary into which we crawl
at end of day,
no musky odor of sex pervading the room,
only the faint, sweet odor of decay.
Damn that mirror!
It shows not the deep affection that still exists,
the tender goodnight
kiss, that replaces the former all-consuming sex,
the holding of hands, bony feet touching,
this pathos of re-enactment breaking the hearts of the aged
lying high on their pillows,
shaken by the figures in the mirror, so still, they resemble
until one notices each breath, emitting sighs,
hoping, without hope,
the mirror lies!
Ellen Ficarra. Born in 1926.
Former Owner/Operator B & B in Myrtle Beach. Retired. Married. Writer of Childrens Books. Music & Lyrics.
Serious Poetry & Prose/Poetry. Member of Society Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Poet Society
of South Carolina. Poets Society America, Musicians Network, "Little Stray Cat and Other Poetic Tails",
an Illustrated Children's Book, now on Amazon.com, for PC's and KINDLE. http://www.amazon.com/Little-Stray-Other-Poetic-ebook/dp/B0083WGVOQ