In the mirror
I often meet this woman
bearing a secret scream-
to do that-
yet she’s bearing-
her sweetness is a heavy sigh-
she stands there in the mirror-
indifferent to the world-
her every cell’s lit up, burning-
throat, lips tightly closed
and she’s bearing-
Posted for my prompt Scream @ Poets United Midweek Motif
14 thoughts on “Scream”
Strange race are humans who love to humiliate each other often when they are supposed to be partners, a family. I think we are basically flawed, intent on hurting or killing each other, even the ones we should care for.
Wow, very powerful and moving!
Yes, I have seen her there, too.
Ah yes internal screams are present too in us too.
I so know that feeling – the smiling outer presence, all the pain inside we keep tapped down, the inner scream. Wouldnt people be shocked if it ever came out?
Powerful piece, Sumana. Most times we bear instead of letting out a scream. How freeing it would be to just scream!
….her words….masks-… I love the powerful image here.
The repetition of “bearing” breaks my heart. This poem makes me feel the load. This image resonates: “her sweetness is a heavy sigh-
Years ago I used to see that woman in the mirror…then I started screaming. she ran away.
Fabulous opening lines.. the woman with a secret scream in the mirror… I think that resonates deep at so many levels!
I recognise that woman in the mirror, Sumana.I love the contrast of the ‘secret scream’ and the ‘heavy sigh’, which emphases the way that so many women hold in their pain.
Wonderfully depicted tbe inner hiden screams Simana. I know it and my poem is on a similar theme.
Here’s hoping she keeps it up it’s not easy!
I really like the choice of the word, bearing. Powerful writing.