The Screen

I’ve re-written this poem since first posting
so I’ll post both versions.

This is the re-write:

The Screen

There is a screen between us, semi-opaque;
it filters our lives.

What you see is what I’m not and what I see
is not what you imagine.

Now you are the romantic, slipping into his
drugs, as I slither on your lap, flushed with
shame: for this, I win the crown.

We are a little Miss America, lost on her stroll
down the aisle.

We are the innocent little darling who forgets
to look harmless.

The first post:

The Screen

There is a screen between us, semi-opaque; it
filters our lives.

What you see is who I want to be and what I
see is not what you imagine.

Now you are the romantic; weeping into his drugs,
while I dance on the table, flushed with shame, for
this, I win a crown.

We are a little Miss America, lost on her stroll
down the aisle.

We are the little darling who forgot to
look harmless.

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016-2018 All Rights Reserved

 

29 thoughts on “The Screen

      1. I wrote notes. I wrote what feelings were evoked on each poem.
        Poem 1.
        Abuse
        Lies
        Prostitution
        Betrayal
        Loss of innocence
        Truth of life
        Hatred of deception

        Poem 2.
        Sadness
        Defeated
        Need for revenge, vengeance, redemption, justice

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      2. I feel the best poetry can mean somthing different to each reader as they allow themselves to feel it and apply their own emotions and maybe even their own experience. I will read something that I see someone else has commented on as inspirational and yet I will have found it to be depressing. But the poem is still fantastic it just evoked a different feeling in me.
        My husband read a poem I wrote about a raindrop and had no idea what the end meant. It could mean something different for each person reading it!
        For me it meant I had switched for looking at the world to looking at my inner self.

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