My Self-Portrait Looks Too Much Like You

Today for DVerse Poetics, Sarah invites us to come and take a selfie. So, this is a self-portrait poem, which I wrote today and which I was and am unsure about sharing but whatever!


I have my father’s eyes.
Blue, which can pass for green
Depending on what I’m wearing —

I have my father’s eyes
In their color, their appearance,
But far from their substance

Because I see beyond the surface:
He is content with the placid sea,
He has fooled himself into thinking

He rules — he drowns reason
In another liquid, functions,
But how well does he think he’s hiding?

He has tried to sweep
It all under the rug — this family keeps
Secrets — don’t tell me I don’t see!

I have my father’s eyes.
Blue — for the sobering insight
Does anyone else sense the tsunami?

 

 

23 thoughts on “My Self-Portrait Looks Too Much Like You

  1. I appreciate your vulnerability with this piece. It is hard to put a mirror up to our lives and see not just ourselves, but our families in that stark reflection. Your bravery is rewarded with this authentically beautiful piece. Well done and thank you.

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  2. I have my grandfather’s eyes!
    My Aunt Laura always told me that.
    They are green –
    The color of new mown hay –
    With brown around the pupil.
    When my exchange student
    Stared into my eyes
    For a long time one morning
    And kept looking and looking,
    I finally asked him,
    “What are you looking at?”
    He said, “I am looking at your eyes.”
    I asked, “Why?”
    He said, “I’m trying to decide what color they are.”
    He kept staring.
    I asked, “Well, have you decided?”
    He said, “Yes, they are just like bird shit!”
    I never have forgotten that!
    I have my grandfather’s eyes…
    Ah yes!!

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  3. Such an honest poem, hard to share, especially β€˜he drowns reason In another liquid, functions, / But how well does he think he’s hiding?’ but I imagine it felt good once it was done and you survived the tsunami.

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