BOOKENDS; JUST BECAUSE YOU WERE ONCE SEEN AS A STAR DOES NOT MEAN YOU STILL ARE ONE

 

I will always recall you in reflection rather than reality,
a ripple on the water rather than the roughness on the rue.

I saw you in smooth sheets of stillness stretched over ponds
that should have shivered but you wouldn’t change
and I couldn’t stay who I was forever, not even for you.

You were comprised of stilled cycles so often celebrated
but I wanted to catch a ride on something not so set in stone.

Indoors, away from the stilled ponds projecting your pride
onto palaces, you hung mirrors to admire your own reflection

but I returned from the other side of desire’s distraction
to uncover the truth of who we were beyond admiration.

You cannot reflect the stars forever, especially
when the gutters have come so close to the glass.

   

All words and photographs by Damien B Donnelly

This month is about looking back to see who I was before moving on to who I am becoming. An end, for now, to the Paris Cycle that started when I was 22 and will end at 44, though we had 18 years of separation in between.

6 thoughts on “BOOKENDS; JUST BECAUSE YOU WERE ONCE SEEN AS A STAR DOES NOT MEAN YOU STILL ARE ONE

  1. Mike Powell

    Illusion and reality, the two seem to blur together so often. Sometimes we strive to fool others and other times only ourselves. It is complicated enough in the present, but even more so in the past, where the lens of passed time and selective memories can color our perceptions and distort them completely. Thanks, Damien, for another evocative poem that is so personal, yet simultaneously so universal.

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thanks Mike. It is indeed funny how often we do actually try to fool ourselves. Sometimes the most personal turns out to be the most universal, that always surprises me. When I am intentionally universal it never really reaches as much as when I am slicing truths of my own skin

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