I met ME

Anupama Jain
Posted March 19, 2021 from India

I stand in front of the mirror

Take a long look at self

Thin lines around the mouth

Crow’s feet near the eyes

Grey strands playing peek-a-boo

Skin dry and stretched


A youth long gone

Famous exuberance but a distant memory

A pale shadow of an arresting presence

A past tense

Flattened Vanity

Sluttish time, the cold-hearted thief


But then the mirror doesn’t reflect

The days when I chose to smile in spite of insurmountable odds

The eyes that refused to shed tears 

And those moments, when angst was absorbed deep within

All those trying times have chiselled my being

Have made me what I am


So I stand in front of the mirror

Take a long look at the reflection

And nod a ‘You did good’

Pat myself, walk out ten feet tall

I met ME

Today a good day! 

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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Busayo Obisakin
Mar 20
Mar 20

You are a great poet Anupama! This is a good piece

Anupama Jain
Mar 21
Mar 21

Dear Busayo Obisakin,
Thank you so much for reading my post and liking it.
Cherish your words

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Jain,
This is such an interesting and very captivating poem. Thank you for sharing. We need to always appreciate ourselves in the mirror and be comfortable in our own skins because if we are not comfortable with ourselves we can never settle in the world. Thank you for the reminder.