take a mirror

full length is best

remove your clothes

kneel down before it

look at yourself

see a skeleton

fat man, fat woman

tin woman, thin man

a whore, a pimp

god, goddess

cross your legs

and see

close your eyes

see nothing


first published in Living With a Stranger: self portrait, 1993.


This poem was an outgrowth of some Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques I was reading.  It was actually published in some small magical organization’s monthly in the early 1990s, but they changed the last line to be more in tune with their “positive” outlook in the numinous.  They failed to see the point of it I think.

About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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