NAPOWRIMO Day 21: The Reflecting Pool Talks Back

NAPOWRIMO Day 21: The Reflecting Pool Talks Back

You can only hope you transform into a flower after pining away at your reflection in a pool –
You, Narkissos, are handsome, but in your arrogance are a fool.

You shall not be let off so easily for the untold suffering to those you abuse –
You, Narkissos, are a spirit crusher, you take an individual and control and confuse.

You torment with a bewildering array of verbal and physical weaponry over time –
You, Narkissos, withhold love just to gratify your insatiable, egotistical mind.

You hurt me in ways that pushed them ever closer to the brink of the abyss –
You, Narkissos, have forever changed my life in ways that I will have to terms with.

But –
You did not break me.
You no longer have a place in my heart, and that’s your loss.
You taught me a lesson that I needed to learn.
You will never love; I can only pity you, Narkissos.

~Just L (April 21, 2018)

Author’s Note: Prompt – After reading the myth of Narcissus, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way. For example, you could imagine that imagine the water is speaking to you, the narcissus flower. Or you could write a poem in which the narcissus berates the Kardashians for stealing their neurosis. Or a poem that comments on the narcissism of our time, i.e. beauty and body obsession, etc.

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